University of Edinburgh

Course 7: The Challenges of Working with Deaf Children: mental health, autism, challenging behaviour and language deprivation

Presented on Monday 13th November 2017

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 28
Number of Respondents: 23

Overall Assessment:

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

Enhancement to your expertise




Content and supplementary material




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

I do not work with deaf people, but lots to think about with regards to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and communication.
I have a better understanding of the adversity faced by people with deafness. A dual diagnosis ASD/deafness - challenges faced when supporting this. Exploring diagnosis.
The course has enhanced my understanding of my pupil's perspective and how this may help to improve his learning.
Very interested in ASD mimic traits. Will use the Biopsychosocial Model of Health.
Be more mindful when working with/hearing about children's behaviour, be more abstract.
Be more confident in advocating amendment/merging approaches to communication with a deaf/autistic 4 year old. Encourage people to look at the individual, not the specific diagnosis.
Think about the background or reasons behind the behaviours.
I don't currently work with children who are deaf, but I will use many of the strategies in my current role.
Have confidence in my own practice/professionalism.
I'll think even more carefully about how to predict and prevent challenging behaviour. I'm also going to plan more for helping my deaf pupil acquire language much more easily.
Be reassured that what I'm doing currently in my practice (nurture, building relationships, language building blocks) is the positive way to be! Thanks.
I will put "motivational interviewing" into practice with parent.
I will cascade my learning to my colleagues and I can use some of it with new parents.
Pass information to other staff.

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

Clarity of presentation




Pacing of course/event




What was best about the course/event?

Speaker's passion comes across - she is also a great communicator.
The video clips used, while humorous, were apt and enhanced the discussion of the session. These also helped give clear examples of the content of the theory.
So interesting.
All relevant to my role.
I have learned information I didn't know before.
Learned a lot. Some of them relate to my experiences!
Learning about deafness related to mental health issues.
Information clearly presented. Motivational interview was interesting.
Very well organised, well presented and good to have a mix of teaching backgrounds in the audience bringing different perspectives to the discussion.
Interesting presentation.
The course focus was hearing impairment and autism, but the content covered many other challenging behaviours and gave excellent insight and strategies which can be used.
Deprivation and learning confirmation of experiences to theory, i.e. non-organic deafness and reasons why.
For me, it was the section on language acquisition and how this impacts on so many aspects of a person's life and learning.
Open, down-to-earth style of presenter. Very relatable content.
Background psychology research and info was interesting and informative.
The presenter was easy to listen to and imparted great knowledge and information.
Further info re ASD and Theory of Mind. Also having the fact that teaching "rote" type language such as colour is a cause of language deprivation.
Discussion with others. Handout info, including books and additional references. Videos to illustrate. Afternoon session.

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

Supports e.g. visuals/response plans.
Closer to home.
Group work, more interactive.
Less complex needs info.
Ideas re intervention, activities.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 8
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 9
SSC eBulletin: 3
Colleague: 3

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

GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) for ASN children 'Where are we now?'
Autism training.
Central auditory processing disorder.
Hard of hearing (HoH)/Deaf oral - lipreading awareness/lipspeaking provision. Education/access/health care.
Non-organic hearing loss - reasons/support/effects/services.
Deaf refugees - education/language development.
Specific strategies for deaf/SLD (specific learning disabilities) and challenging behaviour - support for communication strategies.
Training that is free!!!