University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 15: Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Friday, 11th December 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 18
Number of Respondents: 18

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 have quite a few young children on my caseload. I am very keen to start using both Journals where appropriate.
Liaise with other professionals. Talk to parents/read the Journal in more detail. Consider how I might use it in my practice.
Activity cards, visual cards and record of developing vision.
Will use to enhance key child’s learning journey/care plan. Support learning, share information with parent.
Early intervention home support visits to families - use activity cards.
Some really useful tools to use for recording and evaluating progress with a particular child.
Will use with one pupil to do baseline assessment then use of activity cards which would be great for the Classroom Assistants to use. Will also use Journal for children with multiple needs and can do cards.
Will definitely use Journal more. Will help with my habilitation course.
I will implement in my practice to help support children and parents.
Didn’t know about Developmental Journal until today so fantastic to learn about it. I now know how to navigate my way around the file.
I will use it to enhance my exciting practice already. I will link it in and adapt to the 'family books' which I use already.
Working with some children on my caseload I have used the Developmental Journal and Oregon several times. Attending this course has made me more aware of how I could use the Developmental Journal more especially the “Getting Stuck” section.
To enhance the support offered to children and their families.
In my remit within psychological service for VI.
This was a good introduction to the materials in the Journal. I now need to go away and look at each section in more detail to decide which aspects will be suitable for the children in my caseload.
I will know how to use the Developmental Journal appropriately.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Talking us through the contents and how to use/when to use each section.
Looking at DVD (made it real). Thinking about using observation/speaking to parents.
Relevant information pitched at correct level.
Developmental Journal Pack. First time seeing this document.
Informing relevant areas of Journal.
For me it was having something to take back to my school regarding children with multiple needs.
Having the chance to use Journal.
Practical advice on Journal.
Sharing of information.
Learning about the different ways in how to record progress and the activity cards.
Covered the entire Developmental Journal in brief.
That it will impact positively on the service I can provide and great ideas and easy to use pack. Really enjoyed listening to Lorna Hall - very interesting speaker.
Step by step look at Developmental Journal for VI. A look at a full Developmental Journal for children with complex needs would have been helpful. Just using small steps is reassuring.
It was good to hear someone else’s ‘take’ on the use of the Journal and realise that I had been using it along the correct lines - that helped my confidence! Especially interested in the Journal for children with multiple needs.
It gave me clarity.

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

A bit of time dedicated to ‘trouble shooting’ where we could ask a few more questions, seek advice from people who are here too.
More real life examples/scenarios if time allowed.
Nothing, it was great.
Full day course to go into use of Developmental Journal - more case studies, etc.
Info on where to find Journal online would be useful.
No, thoroughly enjoyed the course.
Provided with an A4 folder of each Developmental Journal would have been best, given cost of training.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 2
Course Info Email from SSC: 5
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 5
SSC eBulletin: 3
Colleague: 2
SSC Website:
Other (please state): 1 (relative passed info)

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

Functional vision approaches for children and young people with multiple needs.
Development of life skills for VI children (getting dressed, baking, etc).