University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 12: Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Thursday 1st May, 2014

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 24
Number of Respondents: 21

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?

I now feel confident about taking this to parents and using it along with other professionals.
To help parents of VI children see that progress is being made - perhaps at a different pace to their peers - and when additional support may be needed.
Feel more confident about using sections of the journal with parents.
I will need to spend time becoming familiar with the journal.
After more of a read through, I think there will be lots more useful tips to find for use with families to support vision/signpost ideas to families.
Implement the journal with my younger pupils.
Sharing info with colleagues using development journal with parents.
I am currently supporting a few young children with significant visual impairment who this journal would be suitable to use with.
I will use bits of the developmental journal with families during home visits.
With parents, colleagues in hearing and physical services and pre-school settings with parents of babies on caseload, with confidence.
Supporting my involvement with pre-school children in assessing and prioritising vision in babies, supporting parents.
Introduce it and work through it with a new referral that has just been received.
I have several children I will improve my visiting with. Especially a new referral who has some vision, I feel I will work differently now recording his developing vision. He is a young baby.
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 will start using the development journal with a baby I am working with and share videos and ideas with parents.
To support families of VI babies. To encourage them to be fully involved in supporting their child.
It will help me to support my 0-3yrs pupils and their parents.
It will be useful if we have babies being referred to our service.
The journal will enhance my practice significantly as I support families and CYP across Scotland.
I will use with both parents and educational establishments.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

I now feel more confident about taking this to parents and using it along with other professionals.
Resources to accompany the presentation. Friendly and helpful presenters/staff.
Really enjoyed the sensory stories - will have a go at devising my own.
How vision develops in early years and the overview of activities/idea cards. Learning how to use the resource appropriately for professionals and families for the child to benefit.
Meeting others.
Really useful to be guided through the journal as it is very difficult to navigate. Enjoyed the video.
Opportunity to meet with others.
The part about how the eye development occurs in babies was a bit choppy.
Used the journal in stages, smaller sections. Used CD case study and story - sensory materials hands on experimental learning.
Overview and seeing how it all fits together. Story bags.
Practical application of working through the journal.
Materials to take away and the practical/creative task.
Getting to grips with the different parts, the subsections confused me before. Downloading it isn't quite as good as having it in a hard copy.
The teaching/content.
Looking at the journal step by step. The story bag practical activities were also good. Most useful was watching the video of the child and placing at stage of journal.
Full explanations of the journal and how to use it to full effect.
Learning about the contents of the Development Journal.
Sensory stories - could be used with nursery children, so very relevant.
Lorna was fabulous. Easy to listen to and very informative.
Practical ideas and presentation easy to follow.

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

More time - there’s never enough time especially when the subject is so interesting.
It would have been helpful to see more practical examples of how the journal is used in practice.
More observation, videotape presentation and discussion on levels/stages and use of developmental journal practise.
I would really liked to have spent the whole day on the journal alone. Extra info was interesting but not really what I thought I was coming to hear.
Possibly, if time allowed, more clips being shown of families who have been using the journal.
Rather than giving a broad overview about child development I would have been interested to learn more about what can go wrong/specific eye conditions and their implications (the most common ones).
Very full day - intro would have been better maybe.
Difficult to fit everything in - perhaps only Development Journal and 'Be Active Box' and not visual impairment?
Nothing, it was great. Food much improved since last course - really lovely, thank you.
Full explanation of the journal and how to use it to full effect.

How did you hear about this course?

Course leaflet/mailshot/SSC email: 6
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 5
SSC eBulletin: 5
Colleague: 3
SSC Website: 2

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Info and training re CVI.
How to support pupils who lose their sight later on, eg through tumours, illness or late onset of particular conditions.
Child development and multi sensory impairment/ deaf blind / autism (early development).