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

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 21 Number of Respondents: 19

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?
Identifying individual problems and devising management strategies. Referring more children to Professor Dutton. Protocol history taking.
To watch my daughter and be aware of potential problems she may have and to therefore be equipped to help her deal with them.
I will be taking more time to assess and think about child's VI before I start my hands-on work.
Will look closer at how young people use their vision and their difficulties.
Visual assessments - revisiting assessments previously made to check diagnosis/opinions. Share info with staff team.
I will be eager to build up a better picture of the young people I work with, including providing parents with a questionnaire and asking for any reports that may have been carried out in relation to visual difficulties. When working in schools I will encourage teaching staff to build up a total picture before making any decisions/jumping to conclusions.
Share with colleagues and enhance my approach to creating better learning situation in class.
I will rethink my methods of teaching my children.
Take new knowledge gained into my workplace. Try using Professor Dutton's 'questionnaire'.
To support work with VI children. Practical ideas for teaching. Greater understanding of difficulties if 'brain blind'.
Rethink use of resources - preparing materials - and enabling pupil to be independent.
Improved my understanding of difficulties faced by visually impaired pupils and therefore will hopefully make me more effective in my supportive role.
To help VI pupil in secondary school.
In understanding and working more with the visually impaired.
To help VI pupil in school (secondary).
To more effectively support pupil in visual impairment and liaise with staff.
Adapt assessment strategies for visual field loss, visual attention disorder. Use parent questionnaire to diagnose visual problems.
Change the way in which we carry out assessments.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Style and manner of presentation - made information accessible and understandable. Protocol history references and information given for individual need. PhD study.
Clarity of presentation and of course; pertinence of content.
The whole thing was great. Could have listened a lot longer.
Very good background information at beginning and useful strategies in afternoon.
Good overview of damage to the brain - made difficulties very clear. It's great to have well established ways of thinking/planning challenged. I feel I have a starting point in looking at my own visual assessments.
Course content - realising the range of difficulties that can happen as a result of a brain injury.
Hearing from person who clearly loves his job and has huge experience.
Practical ideas. information on brain damage.
Very interesting speaker.
Gordon is a very entertaining and interesting presenter. He gives good examples to supplement/emphasis/clarify the info he's trying to put over. This all helps to remember/retain the info afterwards.
Background to types of visual impairment/brain damage. Strategies.
Having the opportunity to hear Professor Dutton speak.
Knowledge of presenter.
Very clear and understanding.
Very clear, very interesting.
Hearing an expert speaking!
Use of practical examples, case studies. Reinforcement of visual processes and problems associated with CVI.
Presentation of materials, clarity of complex issues.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
I think it could be a two day course.
Huge amount of content - probably could have been more than a day's course.
More strategies for secondary school children.
Would like more strategies for working in school.
More strategies for school environment.
Better balance between difficulties, etc and strategies.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Would like some of the diagrams to help with problem-solving by coloured boxes.  Humour!
Would like to learn more.
Would like more specific info about the VI the child I work with has.
Very informative.
Very interesting.
Always a useful and informative presentation which gives food for thought in terms of my professional development and impact on my current practice.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 5; Yes 11, No 3

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 5; Likely 12; Less Likely 2

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
More on the functional evaluation of the cortical visual.
Information - more, or why autism could be misdiagnosed and how to define the 'blindness' there instead.
Pre-school multiple disability. Braille music.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:
Very useful = 1; not useful = 1

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes