University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 23: Habilitation - The Early Stages (0-5) and MDVI (0-18)

Presented on Tuesday, 26th April 2016

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 30
Number of Respondents: 25

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?

Lots of resources to research/purchase.
I will access and explore some of the resources suggested. Will try some activities with complex needs babies/toddlers.
Share with other VI colleagues and staff working in nursery, LCs etc.
I will personally use the information and cascade to other members of staff.
Put into practice what I learned and pass information to others.
Build resources.
I know very little about visual impairments and impact on children, so any information was very beneficial.
This has been an excellent refreshment course for me and will help me in my ongoing work with children.
Very new to the job of VI teacher, so all information was new. Gave me lots of knowledge.
Use back in classroom, staff training and advice.
Greater collaboration with habilitation specialist. More informed when advising parents.
Professional discussion with colleagues. Support pupils with VI in our setting.
Put into practice.
Sharing of information with colleagues and families.
Assessment process when assessing a child under the age of 5.
I will use ideas and strategies with families. It’s great to learn and share ideas.
Review our resonance board strategy. Explore pathways for visual/mobility programmes and enhance current practice.
Future planning for resonance boards.
Good refresher course to current skills.
I am doing the habilitation course and it will all come in handy.
Useful resources.
Share knowledge with other teachers/staff.
Strategies to use with a number of pupils I work with. Can follow up with recommended literature.
In my daily work.
Ideas for assessment and strategies to use with MDVI pupils in special schools.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Resource ideas.
Good, practical examples of interventions.
Resources and case study info.
Understanding pre-cane skills.
Type of resources that would be helpful, books and websites.
I found some very useful practical ideas to use with the children in terms of aiding sensory development. Also good websites recommended.
The information provided in terms of other resources, etc.
Practical ideas/resources.
Resources information. Good, practical information.
Very practical advice and strategies. Early years focus and sources for resources very helpful. Explanation of key terms.
Examples of resources and discussion around case studies.
Info on resources.
All aspects were interesting, different resources, case studies, wheelchair info (guiding), etc.
Demonstration of equipment. Resources (i.e. books) available on day were excellent.
Networking with others and sharing skills.
Amazing handouts/resource recommendations.
Useful ideas for class sessions.
Being led by habilitation specialists.
Resources and first part of the morning. Physical demonstration of reaching across midline and not reaching across midline helpful.
Sharing knowledge of resources.
Lots of relevant useful information on resources and ideas.
Info from habilitation specialists.
Lots of practical/real experiences from presenters. Useful resources available to look through. Fantastic references.

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

Too many case studies.
Videos of examples of work?
More about pre-school transition with children without complex needs.
Too many case studies in a short period of time. Maybe concentrate on one relatively complicated case study which could incorporate a number of different strategies. Too much paperwork. Not all boxes on course sheet covered. Afternoon was very quick and felt needed more time.
I didn’t like the acoustics in the room, hard to follow group discussions.
My knowledge of VI is very minimal and some sections of the course were set at a high level, e.g. abbreviations were not always explained.
More focus on MDVI.
One of the speakers spoke very fast and it takes a while to process and listen. Opportunity to discuss assessment/resources. Possible practical exercises, i.e. cane walk experience.
One of the speakers spoke very quickly with a lot of great info, but I felt I lost some of it due to speed.
Don’t enjoy case study. Too many people from different backgrounds in group. Would rather listen to presenters talk about their cases and experiences.
More video clips of “habilitation in action”, eg resonance board being used.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 2
Course Info Email from SSC: 6
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 4
SSC eBulletin: 2
Colleague: 7
SSC Website: 1

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

Adaptation of materials especially for MDVI.
Low vision aid assessment. Monoculars training. Mobility training.
More MDVI.