University of Edinburgh

The Early Years: Strategies and Resources for working with very young visually impaired children

Presented on Friday 27 February 2009


The course consists of presentations, workshops and interactive seminars which consider the needs of parents and professionals who regularly engage with young visually impaired babies and children from birth to age five. Course participants will be given the opportunity to select three workshops.

Target Audience:Early years workers in nursery schools and classes, family centres, parents, teachers and other professionals involved in the pre-five sector.

Presenters: Linda Bain, Visiting Teacher (VI/Mobility), Visiting Teaching & Support Service, Edinburgh
Mary Dallas, Education Manager, RNIB Scotland, Edinburgh
Lorna Hall, VI Consultant
Mary Lee, Principal Teacher, Canaan Lane Campus, Royal Blind School, Edinburgh
Janis Sugden, Co-ordinator, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh


Participants will have the opportunity to attend each of the following workshops:
Workshop 1: Pre Braille Skills (Lorna Hall), Workshop 2: Early Years Mobility (Linda Bain), Workshop 3: Play and Exploration (Mary Lee)

10.15 am Introduction to the Day, Janis Sugden

  • 10.30 am Overview: Support for Families, Mary Dallas
  • 10.55 am Workshop Session One
    Group One: Workshop 1
    Group Two: Workshop 2
    *Group Three: Workshop 3 *(if required)

    11.55 am Workshop Session Two
    Group One: Workshop 3
    Group Two: Workshop 1
    *Group Three: Workshop 2 *(if required)

    1.30 pm Workshop Session Three
    Group One: Workshop 2
    Group Two: Workshop 3
    *Group Three: Workshop 1 *(if required)

  • 2.20 pm Developmental Journal Overview, Lorna Hall
  • 3 pm Plenary Session: Questions, Discussion and course evaluation