University of Edinburgh

Play and Communication with Pupils with Visual Impairment and Additional Support Needs

Presented on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December


This two-day course looks at play and active learning for pupils with visual impairment and complex needs and how this affects the young person’s opportunities and motivations to communicate. Day one focusses on communication and how to develop each pupil’s potential using interactive techniques. The importance of observation and child centred learning will be discussed. Day two concentrates on developing the pupils’ independent play and look at the ‘personal learning styles’ of young people with visual impairment, whose interests and strategies for exploration may differ greatly from those of their sighted peers. Participants have the opportunity to look at video illustrations and to discuss the issues in relation to their own work.

Target audience

Classroom teachers and support staff working with pupils with complex needs, parents


Mary Lee, Principal Teacher (curriculum, assessment and staff development), Royal Blind School, Canaan Lane Campus, Edinburgh
Janis Graham, Teacher, Royal Blind School, Canaan Lane Campus, Edinburgh


Day 1

10.20 am Introduction