University of Edinburgh

Visual Development and Eye Examinations for Children with Additional Support Needs

Presented on Monday 1 February 2010

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 31
Number of Respondents: 29

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 re-visit functional vision assessment used by our team and re-think assessments/advice to pupils with Cerebral Palsy (CP)/Down's Syndrome (DS).
I will use some CPD time to read and consolidate what I have learned today.  This has helped me understand some issues I have had difficulty with.
To improve my understanding (especially eye function) and to help me to explain things to parents.
As a VI teacher I work with a number of children with CP and DS, the course has helped me to recognise additional eye problems in these children and how better to deal with them.  Lots of ideas to carry forward.
It has given me a lot of background which in turn leads to improved support I can give to pupils and teachers.
More understanding of glasses children are prescribed, when they need to wear them and why they don't  Sharing information with parents and colleagues.
Certainly using the transparency for simulation will be worth pursuing and trying Adobe photo.
In every aspect of work. Approaching assessments, attending clinics. Working with DS and CP pupils, have a better understanding of vision, contrast eye movement. Attitude to children wearing and toleration of glasses.
Take information gained into the classroom to help give full visual access to the presented curriculum.
Raised awareness.
The knowledge I have gained will enhance my understanding of the visual impairments experienced by my pupils and will influence my choice of strategies.
Greater knowledge and ability to approach teaching in the classroom with pupils with CP.
I now have knowledge of eye conditions and what I should look for in my pupils. I feel much better informed.
In assessments of pupils I work with also to give practical advice and understanding of individual VI to other teachers working with pupils.
Continue to assimilate into my knowledge and practice. I feel I know a lot more about the implications of VI for/in DS and CP children - what to look for and how they can be helped and supported. Finally, I'm going to study my own spectacle prescription!!
I have developed my knowledge of visual impairment and will use this knowledge to shape the recommendations I make for my pupils' education.
Share knowledge with colleagues. Use knowledge as part of my functional vision assessments.
Today's course has enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the visual difficulties encountered by children with additional disabilities. Also found very useful the description of lenses for myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism.
Assist decision-making and approaches to teaching and learning enhanced.
I will advise the parent of my DS child to have her eyes re-tested and suggest bi-focal lenses alongside leaflet.
To be aware of VI and look out for changes that may occur.
I will hopefully be more aware of the visual impairment needs of children with CP and DS and ensure they are addressed.
Greater awareness of conditions and practical implications for learning and teaching methods.
Very practically in Functional Vision Assessment Clinic and other work with children with DS and other disabilities.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
The rundown/details about eye tests.
It was all excellent. (2)
The clarity of information provided and its relevance to daily practice - excellent explanations that are easy to remember.
Excellent presentation. (2) Maggie Woodhouse is a very inspiring speaker. Very informative.
Clarity of presentation - not in the visual sense though that was also good (hope that is not some form of pun) but in the clear way the info was put forward in a no-nonsense way.
Information presented in an informal chatty way dealt with questions etc; good informed presentation with good examples of conditions etc.
Question/answer section good - good that questions were encouraged when they came to someone during presentation. PowerPoint very good. Speaker really made the connections between eye examinations for children with ASN very clear.
Relevant, good level of delivery to enhance knowledge and understanding.
Practical advice and easy to understand explanation. Questions answered as queries occurred in presentation.
Practical way in which speaker explained conditions etc. Easy to relate to own practice.
Practical knowledge along with evidence. Practical activities - use of lenses to experience what vision pupils may have and the difficulties presented in everyday life.
The manner of presentation and pace made this easy to follow and very enjoyable.
Really good insight of the effects of visual impairment from the child's perspective.
Presentation was very clear. I liked the way the presenter summarised both in presentation and handout and anticipated the impact of different impairments on CP and DS children.
Trying out the lenses to experience being long/short sighted.
Knowledge of presenter.
Practical ideas. Hints for how to spot/assess errors.
Enjoyed all aspects of course. Informal approach - good to ask questions as situation arises.
Style of presentation, content, handouts.
Opened my eyes further into the problems I am experiencing in class with my pupils with both CP and DS.
Pleasant ambience. Clear presentation.
The practical exercises using the lenses.
Excellent, informative speaker  Would have happily listened for longer to clear practical advice!
Practical demonstrations.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Completely satisfied that the course was full enough without being too full and lead to being overloaded.
Nothing - just more of it - to hear more about past/recent research which is relevant to our skills.
CVI should be addressed. How to test for visual perception problems with a CP child who may have no/limited communication erratic movements/etc.
Nothing just more please. (3)
Nothing - the whole day was interesting and flew by!
Speaker couldn’t improve - she was brilliant!
Nothing - great as it is.
Sitting rather a long time continuously.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Enjoyed feel of the course which was very manageable and provided relevant info for myself.
A great day. Thank you.
Very, very disappointed that the assessment of CVI was not addressed  The course title was 'eye examinations for children with ASN'. Children in special schools especially with CP have CVI/vision perception problems  How do I assess this and make recommendations as to what should be done in classrooms?
Very good course!
Very interesting, very informative and very practical  Much appreciated.
Available on DVD. Fantastic source of information. Thank you speaker. Straight talking and just what I needed and more.
Its good to come on a course where it's not 'more of the same' and you feel your time away from teaching the children has been worthwhile.
Very enjoyable and informative.
Very worthwhile and enjoyable.
As I don't work with children with DS this was less relevant however still very interesting.
Repeat this course so my colleagues can attend.
More of the same - brilliant!

Location and Venue
Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (9)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (5)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (6)
SSC Newsletter. (1)
Colleague. (1)
Other: PGDE course. (4)
No response. (3)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Cerebral visual impairment.
Use of sensory rooms.
Information about various syndromes eg Williams Jaubert’s etc.
Vision in ASN.
Functional Assessment for children with complex needs and/or hearing impairment. (2)

Outcomes Assessment

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