University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 14: The Habilitation Journey - Practical Advice & Strategies

Presented on Thursday, 26th March, 2015

Courses 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?

Lots of hints and tips.
I have found the day very informative and useful.
Allow me to think through how else I can work with students, school and parents.
Resources and use with the resonance board. I will definitely implement this in my class.
I will have a far greater understanding of the steps involved in habilitation skills development at each age range/stage, enabling me to liaise more effectively with parents and other professionals. I hope to look into assessment tools and use these to help in planning targets and supporting pupils, families and settings.
I do a lot of adaptations and will think about making special resources for younger pupils with VI.
Will make a resonance board and try to introduce it with MDVI children on caseload, and promote working with other agencies with it.
To support a 4 year old blind child and to pass on info to nursery staff.
I will use it when planning programmes for pupils.
Collection of appropriate resources for use with resonance board. Use of activities on resonance board with toddler group.
Will look over notes and take forward my learning within my workplace. Find out more about the resonance board. Link in with other professionals.
In transitions for my pupils - environment, orientations, etc. With pre-school - encouraging movement, etc.
Feedback to colleagues and line manager. Hopefully to lead to completing habilitation course.
Has given me much more of an idea about habilitation and the role of a teacher in supplementing this, especially if it's not available in local authority.
Not immediately with pupil group, but will be useful in the future.
Re-evaluate the context of my learning and teaching. Will definitely use resonance board and adapt "Walking Through the Jungle" sensory story.
Guidance towards planning mobility programmes to various age groups.
Will use all of it. Very helpful.
Use the resonance board. Also put up tactile signifiers. More aware of vision impairment.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Clear presentation. Lots of handouts.
Reinforcement of what I am doing and ideas and resources to enhance what I provide either to a child or their parents, as well as other professionals.
Fabulous resources and discussion with other professionals. Great presenters - really appreciated the examples they could provide from their experiences.
Ideas/resources to be used in class. Really enjoyable day and lovely to meet other professionals!
All of the ideas/resources for developing movement skills programmes and tactile material examples - I'm off to find a local sewing group! Resonance Board ideas great too!
Good working/discussing in groups. Helped to share knowledge and understand content better.
Resources available and ideas given.
Good advice from speaker about habilitation for 0-5 year old children who are blind, as this was my reason for selecting this course. Good handouts. Looking forward to my emails! I'm sure speaker's info and advice will be helpful in the future. Thanks.
Clear notes and practical information/advice.
Opportunity to look at resources. Experience of knowledge of presenters.
Opportunity to hear examples of good practice from the presenters and others on the course.
Practical ideas to put into practice.
Meeting others in similar roles. Practical strategies to take back to work/colleagues.
Very well delivered by people who are experts and have experience of all age groups. Opportunity to meet others.
Discussion with group regarding visual impairments.
Knowledge of presenters and enthusiasm about area of expertise.
Variety of displayed information - books, CDs, website information and tactile/sensory equipment.
Resonance board.

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

I missed the morning session, but would like more information about developing body and spatial awareness.
It was interesting to hear about apps, but perhaps screenshots would have been better. The afternoon was a bit rushed. All my pupils have severe and complex needs, so I would have enjoyed more information on that specific area.
More time to look at resources/materials, and a day per age/stage in the ideal world.
Maybe some examples of care work - giving us a go to help understand the difficulties.
More practical activities?
More time. Feel there was so much more to talk about.
Quick refresher on sighted guide and trailing skills.
Spread of time spent on age groups.
Just more of it.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 1
Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 4
Colleague: 2
SSC Website: 3
Other (please state): 1 (GDBA)
No response: 1

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

CVI - brain structure, impact, what areas do what.
Independence promotion.
Transition from secondary.
Blind pupils in mainstream nursery. Pre-braille skills/braille teaching resources.
More courses on habilitation.
Emotional support for children/young people with VI.
One day Unified English Braille update.
Day training specifically on each age group.
Would be particularly interested in ways of supporting pupils (especially secondary) with their social/emotional needs relating to VI.
Age appropriate - Secondary Schools, 15 + group.