University of Edinburgh
 

The Habilitation Journey - Practical Advice and Strategies

Presented on Thursday, 26th March 2015

Content

This course explored early habilitation skills through to advanced skills. The course looked at:

  • developing concepts, eg, body awareness, spatial awareness and environmental awareness
  • linking habilitation skills to Curriculum for Excellence
  • skills for early, primary and secondary stage
  • resources for the Resonance Board
  • habilitation apps.

The course also included habilitation skills for children with visual impairment and complex needs. The participants gained an understanding of the steps involved in habilitation skills development at each age range/stage, learned more about movement programmes, tactile boards, the resonance board and how to plan mobility programmes. The impact of this course will be better informed mobility programmes for children and young people with a visual impairment including children with visual impairment and complex needs.

Target Audience

Those supporting children and young people with a visual impairment including teachers, support staff, rehabilitation specialists, habilitation specialists, early years practitioners, early years workers, allied health professionals and parents.

Presenter

Lisa Petrie, Service Delivery Manager and Senior Practitioner for Children and Young People, and Grant Smith, Habilitation Specialist, Blind Children UK/Guide Dogs (Scotland)

Programme

10.30 am Introduction to Habilitation; Impact of visual impairment on child development (habilitation skills focus); Habilitation and the early years (0-3); Habilitation and pre-school years (3-5); Habilitation and children with complex needs; The role of the habilitation specialist working in collaboration with others

1.30 pmĀ Habilitation and the primary school years; Habilitation and children with complex needs

2.30 pm Habilitation and the secondary school years; Habilitation and technology; Habilitation and children with complex needs

3.30 pm Course Evaluation


Opportunities to share good practice throughout the day.