University of Edinburgh

Outreach course: Visual Impairment and Early Years

Inverness 26 April 2013

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?

Use ideas for working with blind baby. My team will start to work with pre-school children and use Developmental Journal (DJ) and other materials.
A review of resources/practice. Shared information with team members.
I found the visual assessments in the morning and the social stories in the afternoon very informative and will use in my practice.
In my EY (Early Years) work.
Discuss with staff in team. Add to advice given to settings of children we're involved with. Make up some examples of sensory stories and add to our own collection of 'storysacks'.
Liaise with HVSS. Share some ideas with nursery/P1 staff.
Be able to go back to centre and use with the kids and staff.
Will be able to inform parents/patients of available resources.
I will first of all seek updated information on all pre-school children with VI. (I am aware of children already in school.) I will discuss issues around VI in early years with Health workers and Early Years Education workers and will share the information gained today with a view to enriching the lives of children and their families.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Pre-braille tactile skills and sensory stories.
Day 2: thinking about how a child with VI accesses CfE (Curriculum for Excellence).
Range of ideas for sensory activities.
Some reassurance I'm doing the 'right' thing. Able to see various assessments.
Practical activities - looking at available tests/equipment and familiarise ourselves with it.
The breadth of information shared and the opportunity to gain such a wealth of knowledge. Also the opportunities for discussion with other professionals.

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

Maybe not so much about GIRFEC (Getting it Right For Every Child) and more practical ideas about visual stimulation and recommending toys.
Too much to take in on 2nd day - but all useful - just difficult to absorb!
Having the chance to experience visual impairment (using glasses for training) - more practical time.
Nothing. Thank you Janis and Lorna!

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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (1)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (7)
Colleague. (2)
Other. Personal Invitation. (1)

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

More around sensory issues - practical ideas/sharing ideas - follow up.