University of Edinburgh

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

Presented on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December

Evaluation summary day 1

Number of Participants: 21
Number of Respondents: 20

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?

I will use it to reinforce good practice in the special school I visit. I will also use the ideas in home visits.
In working with blind infant with CP and giving advice to Mum. To aid in monitoring children with complex needs and VI.
Work with pupils with VI and complex needs.
To consider how to best facilitate students by offering choice, listening to students, working out how not to direct and overtake the students requirements, achievements and language. Through patience and confidence.
Generally help with any children - pacing delivery and allowing children time to respond in whatever way.
Of practical use with some of the children I visit.
Young children that we're working with are communicating all the time and we need to watch and listen more!
Try signing with visual stimulation group of children with VI and complex needs.
Lots to consider with regard to video analysis. Taught me to sign before I speak! Do more movement interaction.
Body signing is something I have never used before and I will use this in the future I am sure.
To introduce environmental signifiers - 'morning songs' etc.
Use more Canaan Barrie on-body signs with particular children. Use more video analysis. Observe children more closely to read their communication.
I can see myself using what I have learned today with pupils who have no visual impairment as well and they would gain a lot.
To give visually impaired children a more meaningful experience of learning.
Lots to think about and bear in mind when communicating with children.
Pass on and encourage parents and professionals involved with the care of children and young people with LDVI.
I will use it to 'listen' more to what the children are telling me. I will use a lot of the expertise and ideas next session with new children coming into the class.
A range of strategies introduced today will be implemented on return to work. Hand on hand signing etc.
Will utilise strategies with VI child on my caseload. Will be more aware of what not to do.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Signing - the information given has been very helpful.
The videos - seeing the theory put into practice.
Actually seeing theory in practice on video.
Short video shots of teachers working with children in real class situations.
The very positive attitude, different materials used, experiential quotes for further research, reasoned and clear explanations very soundly presented. Thank you.
Video clips were great - really got the point over.
Use of video extracts. Interesting content and good presentation.
Video clips. It's better learning when watching (for me)!
Video was very useful tool for communicating of ideas.
General level of information in general. Comprehensive notes.
I enjoyed the workshops - they helped give a real understanding of how the VI pupils regard what is being asked of them.
Videos backing up material.
Video presentations helped to illustrate points being made. Workshops were fun and gave insight into how it must be for children.
Very interesting to talk and listen to other professionals working with such a wide range of clients with visual impairments.
Being made aware of the learning process from the perspective of a child with visual impairment.
The videos were relevant and illustrative. The interactive sessions the same.
Confirmation of common sense approach. Video representations welcome.  Importance of rhythm and music. Importance of observation and empathy.
The practical relevance of the content.
Presentations were very informative and interesting. Good range of activities.
Very clearly presented by people who obviously are very experienced practitioners.

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

Maybe more focus on signing.
I found it all very useful.
Water available in the room.
And breaks for coffee, AM and PM.

Any other comments regarding the course?

An excellent, well-balanced course - a good mixture of talk, theory, video and hands on experience.
Day passed very quickly. Good balance of practical and listening activities.
Great, very friendly and at ease. Everyone seemed comfortable to join in. Well done.
You could print on reverse sides of paper. (Sorry - petty, maybe)
Thought provoking.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: Yes 13; No 1; No Response 6;

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


But parking poor.
Sometimes noisy outside.

Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 1; Likely 18; Less Likely 1

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

Training on appropriate software for MDVI; software for young VI children.  Training in using new technology, eg; DAISY.
Video assessment evaluation.
Signing courses.
Signing courses. Information re sensory integration in children.
As a teacher who has just joined the sensory service in Dundee, I will hopefully be attending more of the courses on offer as they are very relevant to the work I will be doing.
Would the SSC consider taking their training out to other regions?

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:

Very useful = 1; not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes