University of Edinburgh
 

Devising strategies to optimise home and school life for children with visual impairment due to damage to the brain

Presented on 22 January 2008

Content

Brain damage can result in a very wide range of visual problems. These include, reduced central visual function, visual field impairment and problems 'computing' the visual scene, both in terms of finding things and in terms of recognising what is being looked at. The aim of this course was to present the types of visual dysfunction and to highlight the strategies which make best use of visual function in order to circumvent the visual deficits.

Target audience:  Teachers, additional support assistants and parents who work with children who are visually impaired.

Presenter: Professor Gordon Dutton, Paediatric Ophthalmologist

Programme

10.20 am Introduction

10.30 am The visual system in children, how it works and what can go wrong with it.

11.30 am Strategies to help children with poor visual acuity, and restricted visual fields

1.30 pm How do perceptual and cognitive disorders affect daily life and what strategies can be adopted to help (Part I)

2.30 pm How do perceptual and cognitive disorders affect daily life and what strategies can be adopted to help (Part II)

3.45 pm Course evaluation and close