University of Edinburgh

Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Thursday, 1st May, 2014


The Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with Visual impairment was developed at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and designed to provide a tool to help families track and understand the development of their visually impaired children in partnership with the professionals who work with them.

Participants were given an overview of how vision develops in the early years before going on to investigate how the Developmental Journal can be used with families and professionals.

Course participants said:

"The content and materials within this course have given me a comprehensive understanding of the nature of visual impairment and child development. This information and materials will be passed to families and used by my staff."

"I now feel more confident about taking this to parents and using it along with other professionals."

Target Audience: Teachers, parents, carers and professionals supporting very young visually impaired babies and children.

Presenters: Janis Sugden, Co-ordinator, Scottish Sensory Centre and Lorna Hall, VI Consultant, Curriculum Support Group, SSC


10.30 am - Background to Developmental Journal; Brief aims, research findings; Ages, stages and activity cards (Lorna Hall)

11.30 am - How vision develops in the Early Years (Janis Sugden)

1.30 pm - Practical session: early sensory activities, pre-braille, tactile motor skills (Janis Sugden)

2.30 pm - Developmental Journal: Activity 1 Record of developing vision; Vision Activity Cards (Lorna Hall)

3 pm - Developmental Journal: Getting Stuck Challenges for implementation (Lorna Hall)