University of Edinburgh

Down's syndrome: vision, visual problems and visual assessment

Presented on 15 May 2008

Course evaluation summary

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?
In advising parent, teachers regarding eye checks and management.
In my work with children with VI and complex needs and also children with Down's Syndrome.
I will look more closely at all the Down's Syndrome children in our Council that we don't have input with and consider our input. Make up a general information leaflet for parents, schools and staff about vision.
Referral through school medical service to check all children with Down's Syndrome.
It has enhanced my knowledge and understanding. I will be able to give more full explanations to parents and other professionals. Thank you.
To raise awareness in schools.
Inform colleagues and parents as well as teachers with children with Down's Syndrome in their class, will make a difference in attitude to VI on assessment and in strategies.
This will inform my practice, I have learned a lot about Down's Syndrome and consolidated more VI information.
Very practically in management, assessment of children/young people with Down's Syndrome.
When working with VI children.
Try and teach parents of my patients why their children don’t see as well and the reasons behind this.
Moving from children’s service to adult assessment, the very interesting and thought provoking information will translate easily.
Knowledge to apply in practice and to share with other workers and parents.
In compilation to fact sheets and answers to queries to information service.
I have a Down's Syndrome child getting a functional Visual assessment on Monday and I will be following the procedure with a lot more knowledge. Will change worksheets, matching cards.
In practical ways carrying out functional vision assessment, gave ideas that is, activity/contrast testing/informing staff who support people.
Further development of knowledge and understanding of Down's Syndrome.
To inform staff in schools, colleagues and parents.
In my practice as Vision Support Teacher and working with the two Down's Syndrome pupils on my case load.
Will be able to advise lecturers with students with Down's Syndrome.
An excellent day building on previous knowledge. Concerned that Down's Syndrome children are seldom referred to VI service. I visit a special school with several Down's children but none are on my case load - I will investigate.
Basically a refresher for me to be aware of smaller details eg, length of eye lashes.
Be better able to support children with Down's Syndrome. Better understanding when doing orientation and mobility assessments  Be able to contribute more.
It has raised my awareness and will make me more tuned in to the difficulties many of my pupils may be experiencing.
Be more proactive in monitoring.
Pass on all the information to my colleagues with special interest. Pass on information to teachers and parents of children with Down's Syndrome.
In clinical practice and management of patients.
In my vision assessments.
Take info back to colleagues and schools where there are children with Down's Syndrome.
Use the information and references when working with individuals with Down's Syndrome.
I will feedback to all staff at school during in service.
In clinical assessment and management of patients with Down's Syndrome.
Everything I learned will be incorporated into working with children with Down's Syndrome.  New points learned will be shared with my parents and staff.
Will use it when assessing functional vision in Down's Syndrome Vision and make recommendations to families and teachers.
I will apply some of the practical suggestions offered today in a classroom situation.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Good/useful presentations, networking.
The continuity of having one speaker whose style was easy and who was enthusiastic about her work.
It was all very relevant and interesting.
For me the awareness raising of 'Parietal Lobe' influence for DS or CP and strategies to improve teaching skills.
Discussing the various parts of the brain and visual pathways.
The amount of useful information and clarity of presentation. All the material was presented in an extremely understandable way making it easy to retain.
Excellent course, very relevant to my work.
Very informative - put forward in an understandable way! (2)
Clear presentation
One of the best I have been on, very well presented.
Ability to ask questions. (2)
Everything, plain language explanations particularly. Interesting and informative.
Maggie was particularly good at conveying technical and complex information clearly.
It was devised at a good level of understanding for educationists not medics.
Maggie's knowledge - practical input balanced content.
Easy to understand info.
Whole thing.
The ability of Maggie Woodhouse to put over complex subjects in an excellent way.
Information presented clearly and understandably. Consolidated some previous knowledge.  Excellent insight into visual problems experienced by people with Down's Syndrome. Will impact on my own teaching.
Clarity of presentation (2) - on layman's terms, easily understood.
The inclusion of practical hands on examples such as various lenses to demonstrate the different refractive conditions.
So relevant to my job. Enlightening, empowering, can now give a better service.
Lively enjoyable presentation, which was clear and easy to follow.
Such a wealth of practical knowledge simulating VI.
Pace, clarity of presentation - difficult to get your head round topics made clear at last.
Concise and expert delivery of content. Appropriate material and inclusion of delegates from various professional backgrounds.
Eye conditions/treatments/testing methods explained.
Excellent speaker. Clear explanations very well presented.
Very interesting speaker - practical tasks helped break up talk but all very interesting.
Very well presented - with enthusiasm and clarity.
Expert knowledge put across incredibly well. Made difficult information sound easy. Well-paced and planned out related to ‘real life’ and things to help in schools and homes.
The information was presented clearly and visual aids were appropriate throughout the day.
I was aware of most, though not all the material but never heard it explained in such a clear illuminating way. Found the talk inspirational.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Very little if anything!
The course was super!
A very good day overall.
Nothing, it was a good one day lecture, well paced.
Nothing, it was excellent.
A complete transcription of Maggie's talk.
I would have been happy not to have an afternoon break.
As Orthoptist some of course material already known but interesting to re-cap.
Would have liked list of research papers possibly.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Relaxed atmosphere.
Excellent, Thank You.
Very worthwhile course with an excellent presenter.
This has been an eye opener, (if you will excuse the pun!) Lots of very important issues to be discussed at management and classroom level.
Loved it. Full of relevant and important information. Thank you once again.
Excellent day.
Looking forward to further publications from Dr Woodhouse.
Really enjoyed the day.
Excellent input.
Well-presented, easy to follow.
Although I felt that the course did not enhance my expertise I really enjoyed it and still found it very valuable as a refresher.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to attend a second course after my first course.
Extremely useful.
Really enjoyed content and style of the presentation.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. I'd welcome the opportunity to attend more courses targeted at working with identified groups of children.

Location and Venue
Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Anything related to vision.
Early years VI and HI. Counselling skills. CP course would be useful.
Counselling skills.
More along the lines of today's presentation. Perhaps something similar for Cerebral Palsy.
Will attend MDVI. Basic eye conditions relating to children.
Anything connected to sight.
Will check your website.
Use of multi sensory rooms.
VI resulting from diabetes in adults.
Orientation and mobility training for wheelchair users. Cerebral Palsy training.
Something around reporting/contributions to CSP/explaining things to parents.
Cerebral Palsy and visual impairment.
Topics covering other eye conditions, and speakers with any current research knowledge.
Art and creative expressions for children with VIP.

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 = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes