University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 25: Deafness and Additional/Complex Needs

Presented on Thursday, 18th February 2016

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 15
Number of Respondents: 15

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


Will you do anything differently as a result of today’s training?

Ensure I do as much research as possible re the child's condition.
More reading - especially the studies highlighted.
I will use information from the course to further inform practice.
Get more background information.
I will contact audiology and access audiogram of pupil. Also follow up research.
Check audiograms/follow up.
Discuss different ways of audiological testing with audiology. Think about objects of reference.
Watch out for more obvious signs of deafness.
Increased awareness of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and need to look further at long term effects. Relook at objects of reference.
Feedback resources and concise info to colleagues.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Content and discussions.
Some of the practical ideas and the research highlighted.
Use the practical advice and further reading to meet the children's needs on my caseload.
Good information and plenty to follow up on.
Discussion with other professionals.
Look at 'whole' picture - devise school/home resources.
Discussion and information.
My eyes were opened on the range of different syndromes that have deafness as a symptom.
Lots of information, links to further resources and opportunity to meet others and discuss ideas and share.
Shared discussion and expertise. Broad view of complex needs.
Focussing on additional support needs (ASN).
Discussion and listening to colleagues from different settings.
The sign-posting to further information.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

More practical information, e.g. activities, games used with HI children with additional needs.
More specific to profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), but I feel that would be asking a lot. Good work on signifiers though, which was very relevant to me.
Coffee break - travelling a long way from very early, so useful to have 10 minute break and boost concentration.
More room away from source of building noise. Provide microphone for guest speaker.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info/Leaflet/Email from SSC: 6
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 4
SSC eBulletin: 2
Colleague: 2
SSC Website: 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Possibly specific courses on separate syndromes or areas that may help understand the child's overall difficulties, e.g. meningitis.
Anything that can be applied to pupils with PMLD.
Specific needs training.