University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 12: Sharing Practice - Supporting blind children and babies (0-5) and their families

Presented on Thursday, 26th February, 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 48
Number of Respondents: 47

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?

Working with a visually impaired 2 year-old one to one. Also relaying back to her foster parent the content.
Working with babies and children (0-5) and parents with a visual impairment.
I have very limited expertise in working with children with VI, so the content was extremely beneficial for my practice.
Put strategies into practise in the nursery, as this is my first time working with a child with visual impairment.
Some good ideas for working with babies - pop-up Frog! Checklist/questions for children with complex needs - will use this.
In my role as rehab worker.
Take some of the ideas and recreate to suit own work with children and families.
As someone who is new to the VI department, it gave me a good idea of pathways and techniques used for younger children with VI. Good emphasis on positivity for parents and children.
It reinforces skills/methods I currently use when working with children and families. Provided some ideas to take forward.
Improve relations with child and parents.
Share my notes and handouts with colleagues and discuss them. Suggest introducing Children's Personalised Folders to give to parents to gather information, appointments, reports in one place.
Collection of suitable items - space blanket, etc.
Inform my practice. Look at use of passports and personal folders.
Reflect on what I do and feel confident I am doing a good job. Thank you. I liked the personalising of the development journal folder and written ideas.
Better practice in the workplace to aid learning.
I have been given good ideas on resources available that I could use within a nursery setting. I am creating a sensory scrapbook and a few ideas from this course will be used to create this.
I am working in this area of support and I found this day to be very reassuring: a) that I am sharing similar experiences; b) that I am using similar strategies. Also, I have learned a lot from the presenters, especially the first one this morning. I learned about inclusion this afternoon. I will revisit one of my pupils - more inclusion.
Share with developmental nursery staff. Use practical ideas with VI children in nursery.
Currently developing parent pack so useful to get info.
To prepare for visits. To implement visits and arrange activities. Share info with parents/carers and colleagues.
Got some ideas for using with pupils and for carrying out training, too. Ideas to tighten up on some things as well.
Start to develop parent packs.
Begin to implement ideas and approaches as appropriate. Review some nursery curricular resources and early years teaching approaches.
I will be better at working with parents. Great ideas for home visits.
When I support a child 0-5 I will have more knowledge on my role and how best to support the child/family.
I am increasing my involvement with the nursery and will be better equipped to understand the process the pupils and parents have been through.
It will inform my everyday practice. I got a lot of ideas I will definitely try out. I feel reassured that what I do seems to be good practice. I can also improve it by linking more closely with preschool home visiting teachers and think of creating passports for children going to nursery.
Lots of ideas and strategies to use with children and their families.
Feedback to my team. Like the ideas for strategies for supporting 'Daniel'.
Will definitely investigate the website. Most of my children have complex needs and some have a visual impairment also. This has given me further ideas for home support.
Develop joint vision/communication passports. Use the SSC website.
Ideas on videos. Passports.
So much practical advice!
I got lots of ideas about home visits with babies, as I am out of practise with these. Also, great ideas for children with a profound visual impairment attending mainstream nursery.
I'm currently supporting a child who is starting nursery this year, so will implement a lot of the ideas from the presentation on inclusion in the mainstream nursery. This was a very informative presentation.
As a fairly new teacher of children with a visual impairment, I have realised the very important role that play has in young children with a sensory impairment and now understand more about the need to spend time showing parents how they can do this.
Some good ideas to take forward - parents' pack, child passport, complex needs checklist.
Want to follow up some of the practices used by other VI services, e.g. vision passports. Loved this idea and would like to look at ways to include these in our service.
Apply new ideas to practice, e.g. signifiers.
Using some practical ideas offered in current nursery setting.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

New ideas for resources to use with babies and visual passport idea.
Presentations from all speakers extremely informative - especially input about working with families from diagnosis of VI to transition from nursery to school.
Speakers were informative and explained how families are affected when having a child with visual impairment.
Practical ideas given. Videos used - great!
Very knowledgeable speakers - great that they shared their experiences and gave excellent practical info and guidance which can be used. Good to hear how well other LAs pathways work.
Every speaker promoted positive relations with pupils, staff and parents. Gave me good ideas to adapt resources specifically for VI.
Presentation on inclusion in mainstream nursery very informative and well presented. (2)
Talk on inclusion in nursery - Excellent. Comment that a child with a less severe visual impairment will not necessarily have less anxious parents! Made me reflect on a parent I visit and my attitude towards her anxiousness.
Practical ideas.
Listening to others and reflecting on my practice.
Knowing the work/service I currently do is exactly the same as the speakers. All good, but the second speaker in the afternoon was excellent. Really good at engaging with us all. Good confident speaker and easy to listen to.
All of it!
Working as a support assistant within a nursery, I found presentation by the second speaker in the afternoon very informative.
I found the first presentation especially useful, as I am doing home visits as a part of my role. Also the final presentation, although I already know a lot of this and use a lot these strategies, it is useful to go over these again.
Inclusion in mainstream nursery.
Advice on dealing sensitively with parents was very useful.
Each speaker spoke about babies/young children, but they covered different areas and presented in different ways. It is great to have handouts. Interesting to meet people from different areas.
Listening, sharing and exchanging. (2)
The variety of speakers and lots of practical ideas. (4)
Sharing ideas/practice for working with children and parents.
Great presenters! (2) Very practical information and all relevant.
Very good speakers, but a lot to take in on one day. Initial sound problems.
Everything is relevant to my work context.
Practical advice which is achievable.
Great to hear about practice in other authorities. Lots of great examples of strategies to use.
Being new to the post: Access to information, networking, reassurance.
Really interesting to find out how VI practitioners are supporting their pupils. (2)
Practical solutions to real life issues. (3) It was a well-organised course with excellent speakers.
Information given by each speaker was clearly presented and extremely practical.
Hearing about ideas from other authorities, knowing I'm doing some things right!
The presenters - was lovely to hear from people who are "doing the job" and who passed on lots of great ideas and practical suggestions, which are relevant to my work.
All presentation useful, but last session on inclusion particularly helpful for my setting in mainstream nursery. Lots of practical tips for someone who has no knowledge of visual impairment.
More focus on tactile communication.
Time to reflect and focus on the child I work with, take back new ideas to try.

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

All information relevant to my workplace.
Quite a bit of repetition between speakers. (2) Course seemed more about roles of QTVI. More on importance of mobility/habilitation for age groups, preschool, etc. Venue - Room was overcrowded. Acoustics were initially poor.
Soup wasn't really enough for lunch, especially if you don't like leek and potato. Cake was good though!
It was hot and small room. Definitely much better with microphone. I would have liked sandwiches/more food. Hungry. Left home at 6 am.
More comfortable room, too hot, no tables for such a long course.
Would've preferred a hot lunch.
No microphone in morning made it difficult to hear. (2)
Found pace of course a little slow. Tables would have been helpful and more comfortable for writing notes.
Pity the sharing bit at the end was cut.
More video content, perhaps. More ideas for VI curriculum.
A little slower - maybe 10 minute break between speakers, even if shorter lunch. I would like to have heard about the VI curriculum, pity speaker decided not to elaborate on it.
The range of speakers from different age groups and local authorities.
Resource room! Time to explore resources.
Could always use more time! So many good ideas - never enough time!
Opportunities for small group discussion may have been useful after each speaker, instead of at end of day.
Very well thought out course, maybe a few practical activities where we go into groups and try out activities with each other.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 4
Course Info/Leaflet - SSC email: 17
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 11
SSC eBulletin: 5
Colleague: 9
Other (please state): 1 (Education Psychologist)

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

I have very little knowledge about the various "types" of VI, therefore any CPD relating to this would be great. I appreciate strategies we would use in setting would be similar with children with any VI, but just a better understanding would be beneficial.
Training for pre-school children.
Braille - UEB.
Teaching braille to nursery age mainstream blind pupils and adapting curriculum for them.
Maybe events/courses aimed at adult services. We work with people 0-plus years. Have always enjoyed all the events. Perhaps some agencies like ours would enjoy a focus on adults with sensory loss (duel and/or single).
Unified braille update day.
MDVI iPads and access to computing. IT and reading materials. iBook, book creator, talking/interactive stories - production.
The Developmental Journal.
MDVI in early years would be great.
On body signing - TASSELS. Lilli Nielsen's work on Little Rooms. Be Active Box.
Supporting blind/VI pupils in secondary.
If this day can be rolled out to primary/secondary/ASN specific courses, that would be great.
Technology - practical sessions to look at JAWS/Supernova, etc.
Introduction to blindness for lay practitioners.
Basic insight into blindness - differing types.