University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 6: Sounds to Words: following babies with implants in the first year

Presented on Thursday, 30th October 2014

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 19
Number of Respondents: 19

Overall Assessment:

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

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

I will have higher expectations of the children. I will involve parents more and coach them subtly, given them strategies. Try the activities we saw today. Pass the info on to colleagues.
Lots of ideas for practical sessions for babies post implant.
I will take on board 'waiting time' and pass this on to my mainstream colleagues. Also, changing the noise to seek attention.
I will use it when working with parents, children and nursery staff.
With my wee ones at visits and parts in staff training, and also to help with planning.
Will implement the 5 steps.
Share with colleagues and advise colleague who has recently asked me to support her with a recently implanted 4 year-old. Use in my own practice. Hoping to become more involved with babies in the future.
Reconsider the way I work with families.
While I don't see any babies, I have post-implant children with poor speech production skills for whom much of what I've learned will be beneficial.
Setting goals. Raising expectations.
A wealth of information on early language acquisition, which will hopefully enhance/deepen my understanding and therefore impact what I do with children/parents I work with.
Rethink the way I involve parents in order that they are empowered. Introduce concept of "audio hooks" and make use of them in early communication.
I will use some ideas from today with one pupil with CI and one nursery pupil (3 yrs) with delayed development.
Lots of ideas to work with parents and infants to encourage language development.
With recently aided children.
Share information with service staff. Establish programme for children developing language and communication, initially focusing on listening.
In sessions with parents - more reflection from parents.
To be more reflective in why I am using certain toys and raise my expectations.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Brilliant presenting style. Excellent videos. Insight into babies' brain development.
Watching the actual children on video.
Practical examples, video clips, how to find further info on how to support CI babies.
The wealth of knowledge and experience of the presenter.
The ideas/activities shown and how they could be used.
The practical analysis of real children with parents.
Great ideas. Focus, back to basics!
Brain/language development in babies. Using steps 1-5 - Sounds to Words. Using activities with babies used in video clips to support development post implant.
A lot of examples (videos).
Before now, I did not know much about post-implant expectations or how best to help the children and (and parents!) to develop.
Practical ideas, being creative. Inspirational - brilliant to share practice.
Expertise/experience from course presenter.
"Sounds to Words 5 step framework" assessment sheet. Very beneficial for progression and planning. Develop vocabulary/language from the child's need rather than list.
Encouragement to think out of the box when working with young children. This has given me confidence to do what deep down I know works for language development with my kids.
Honest and practical information delivered by an excellent practitioner.
5 step framework and examples related to them. Flexibility - look at older children.
Presenter shared ideas, activities and resources. Very clear presentation.
Video clips. How to make notes from session.
Making sure my activities are developmentally appropriate as well as listening/hearing appropriate.

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

More time. There is a whole lot more that we could have learned!
Could have been over 2 or even 3 days. Wanted more. (3)
Excellent course - perfectly pitched - great, interesting, thought provoking presentation. Thank you.
N/A I was very pleased with today's course.
Make it two days next time. Could participants bring a 5 minute (approximately) DVD which demonstrates where one of their pupils is in language development?
Room had no facilities.
Would like to see more videos and therapy sessions for play.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 5
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 7
SSC eBulletin: 5
Colleague: 1

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

Anything on 0-3 and 3-5 years play. Theory of mind and pragmatics.
HI with complex needs but no diagnosis.
Activities for pre-school HI children (3-5). Children with additional needs.
More from Ear Foundation. (4)
A further course on older children accessing language for the first time.
Deaf children with complex needs.
Anything deaf related.
Children with CI/aided who are not developing expressive language - how can we support them?
Follow-up session from Sounds to Words by Ear Foundation, e.g. leave your bag of toys in the car.
Children/young people with HI and complex/severe and/or moderate difficulties.
Presenter offered variety of course, e.g. pragmatics, play, home supporting course.