University of Edinburgh

Habilitation - The Early Stages (0-5) and MDVI (0-18)

Presented on Tuesday, 26th April 2016


The day focused on and explored foundation habilitation* skills for pre-school children and children and young people with multiple needs (0-18) including practical advice and strategies as well as the opportunity to explore resources considering areas such as:

  • Early movement
  • Sensory development
  • Developing concepts, eg, body awareness, spatial awareness and environmental awareness
  • Wheelchair mobility
  • Use of the Resonance Board
  • Linking habilitation skills to Curriculum for Excellence
  • Collaborative working

*Habilitation skills include orientation, mobility and independent living skills

Participants said:

"I will use ideas and strategies with families. It’s great to learn and share ideas."

"Lots of practical/real experiences from presenters. Useful resources available to look through. Fantastic references."

Target Audience

Teachers, support staff, rehabilitation specialists, habilitation specialists, early years practitioners, early years workers, allied health professionals and parents.


Lisa Petrie, Service Delivery Manager/Senior Practitioner for Children and Young People; Grant Smith, Mobility Instructor; and Carol Quearns, Habilitation Specialist from Blind Children UK/Guide Dogs (Scotland)


10.10 am

Habilitation overview
Collaborative working in practice

11.15 am

Importance of developing the foundation habilitation skills
Key resources - assessment and intervention tools


Strategies and advice through use of practical examples and case studies covering: Sensory Development, Early movement, Body and spatial awareness, Concept development, Self help skills, Social skills, Pre-cane and cane skills

3.30 pm

Course Evaluation and close