University of Edinburgh

Working with Parents (VI)

Presented on Wednesday 26 April 2006


Being a parent is a complex and difficult role, one for which few of us receive training. Most people experience difficulties while trying to become a competent parent! The added dimension of bringing up a child with a disability means that at times parents feel overwhelmed with the additional demads on their emotional and physical energy. As professionals we sometimes miss the signs that parents give us indicating that they are under stress or do not understand what we are saying. Working with parents is a course that developed professional skills so that both parent and professionals can communicate better with each other. The presenters (professonals and parents) explored the:

  • impact on families when a child is diagnosed with a visual impairment;
  • skills required to work with families;
  • assistance available;
  • what works and what does not.

Presenters: Janis Sugden, SSC/University of Edinburgh
Mary Dallas, RNIB Scotland
John Ravenscroft, Co-ordinator, SSC and Manager, VI Scotland
Joan Thomson, Parent
Elizabeth Kennedy, Visiting Teacher, VI Service, Windsor Park School, Falkirk
Julie Inns, Visiting Teacher, VI Service, Windsor Park School, Falkirk


10.30 am Introduction: Work I have done with Parents - Mary Dallas