University of Edinburgh

Psychosocial Issues for Deaf Teenagers

Presented on Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Course Evaluation Summary

Number of Participants: 17
Number of Respondents: 17

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?
Will use the strategies in my work with families and with the young deaf people I work with to give them confidence to own and manage their deafness.
Would use initial idea about using an emotions sheet. Also use some ideas to work with pupil on 1:1 to encourage pupil to manage their deafness in unfamiliar situations.
Daily basis in any confrontational/difficult communication issue.
I will encourage the pupil I work with to talk about the problems that she has and work on constructive ways to handle them.
Want to get some larger group workshops organised. Need more info.
Will try to use the techniques to help communication both for myself and pupils; will consider a group.
Will use info provided to question pupils about their feelings - and to help them envisage alternative scenarios, when confronted with difficult social situations.
Feedback to colleagues. Use with pupils. Basis for further reading/study.
To encourage and support pupils to be more assertive in describing their needs and how they can be met.
Using strategies with deaf pupils that will help them in social settings.
I will try to encourage my students to use the strategies explored.
By trying to apply it into one situation with one pupil and then thinking about group workshops.
To break down barriers for myself; communicating with pupils and teachers, parents etc.
Try to show my daughter how she can change the way she acts, may change the way others do towards her.
Consider how best to implement/incorporate ideas with teenage pupils I work with. Try to develop scenarios within individual contact time to address issues.
Try out some of the ideas with the young deaf children I support.
I will pass the information on to colleagues. We will discuss how we can apply the strategies as a service. I will reflect on how I can apply to pupils I work with directly.

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


Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
The information was very well-presented and thought-provoking.
Discussion with other participants.
An excellent opportunity to network with more experienced colleagues. Thought-provoking and challenging workshop session.
Really made me think about what I do. Found myself looking at things differently and thinking of how to alter plans. Showed I was on the right lines.
The mock workshop really showed how theory could be put into practice.
Benefits of role-play. (3) Practical advice and helpful strategies provided to help pupils understand their feelings and ways to deal with them. Raised awareness of the communication problems experienced by the deaf and means of overcoming these problems.
Excellent presenter.
Learning about and observing an approach that appears manageable and practical.
Information/presentation in morning.
It helped raise my awareness of how deaf teenagers feel in various situations and to consider how to help them address these situations and feelings.
Good size of group which helped with discussion points and also let us know that other people/areas are going through the same things.
Realising my daughter is the same as other deaf teenagers.
Expertise/organisation of presenter. Active involvement.
Very interesting and relevant to my work.
It was very practically based and backed up with examples from the presenter’s experience.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
More practice role-playing but clearly aware of time restraints.
Would have appreciated a copy of structure of lessons with example scenarios. Would love access to a filmed example of a session to see more of the questioning techniques.
More time! Maybe a handout on 'anger management' as I took copious notes!
Greater depth - but realise difficulty of doing so within time provided for course and necessity for variety of presentation and audience participation.
Spend less time on workshop.
Swap emails with other teachers from different schools/districts for future networking. Copy of PowerPoint.
As ever - more time! Opportunity to see DVD clip of a workshop?

Any other comments regarding the course?
A follow-up course with young people then seeing the results of the workshops.
Would appreciate some parking concession for people travelling long distances for whom public transport is not possible. I also have mobility issues.
Please repeat, I think so many Teachers of the Deaf would find it useful.
Would have liked more info about questioning techniques/opportunities - role-play to improve use of questioning techniques.
Work with many teenagers who could benefit from groups.
Would be good to prove it as ongoing activity/workshops - 5 pupils at High Schools.
Organised courses for deaf children who are not able to be in a group from Borders area.
Could we think about getting a group of children to 'trial' this in Scotland?

Location and Venue
Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

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Have you made use of the website? If yes:






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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Course Brochure (9)
Course Leaflet Mailshot (4)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager (3)
Other: Teacher of the Deaf (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Children who have a hearing loss, but have other special needs eg; Down's Syndrome, Autism.
2 teenagers in school would be interested in group work.
Auditory neuropathy - role of Teachers of the Deaf in the management of Additional Needs/Additional Difficulties kids.
Deafness & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
As ever - signing! 
Teaching English as a second language - skills I could use to teach deaf pupils.
Deafness and additional difficulties.
Any! Teacher in training (peripatetic) so anything to aid teaching pupils with a hearing loss would be helpful.
The Deafness in Early Years and the Audiology Update flagged up in this information both look very useful. It is becoming more difficult to get funding to travel out of region to attend course in the current economic climate.

Outcomes Assessment
Chartered Teacher Standard components:
Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes