University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 6: An introduction to visual impairment and autism in children and young people

Presented on Friday 8 November 2013

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 31
Number of Respondents: 26

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?

When teaching mobility training. Getting to know each individual.
When teaching mobility with independent living skills to individuals with VI and autism.
Will share what I have learned with my fellow workers and colleagues. (4)
It has given me strategies to implement in class.
To support the class teachers I work with to have a better understanding of needs of visually impaired/autistic children and provide practical support to them.
To support an autistic child with visual impairment who I work with.
I will definitely be using what I have learned today to work with a blind pupil I work with.
Feedback to colleagues. After reflection and referring to website I anticipate today's input will enhance my performance in field of visual impairment (and autism). Have deeper appreciation of behaviour issues and reasons behind.
Relate it to two children I work with and put many of the ideas presented into practise. Go and read many of the resources suggested.
Directly to support 3-4 autistic pupils on my case list.
Re-evaluate the needs of some of the pupils.
Use strategies for supporting youngsters. Consider the interaction of visual impairment and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) difficulties.
Will follow up by exploring RNIB website thoroughly.
Look at the strategies from the course to use for a visually impaired child I teach with autism, to support and challenge his learning.
Completely change the way I work with visually impaired/autistic 8 year old boy in mainstream. Pages of ideas to put into action.
Strategies will be explored with individual cases as part of planning for child/young person. Share information to colleagues in Educational Psychology service.
I will think more about some of the behaviours that children with visual impairment can present with. I do think it reminds me however of my view that, where I live, ASD is too quickly diagnosed without consideration of all wider factors and assessment over time.
Good and clear information to use with pupil. (2)
Use a variety of techniques in my practice. Research online - visual impairment and autism.

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


Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Tips on how to adapt environment. How to change language for autistic children/people.
More understanding on how to take into account difficulties individuals will be personally experiencing when learning tasks in mobility and independent living skills.
Sharing views with others.
Gave an in-depth account of both autism and visual impairment.
Everything was so clearly communicated, so many things about children I work with now make sense. It was good to have support strategies affirmed but also identify things I could do better with individual children.
I liked the layout of the notes. Very refreshing not to have powerpoint! I enjoyed the presenter's humour and anecdotes.
The speaker was excellent as was the content.
I liked to hear about the children (and how) Ian worked with.
Expertise of the speaker. Sub-topics covered in the course.
Lots of information and strategies. (3)
The presenter conveyed his knowledge in a very calm manner.
Examples from experience of the presenter. Practical strategies for supporting youngsters.
Pace and comprehensive review of ASD.
All very relevant and useful. (2)
Informative, helpful expertise.
Learning more about autism and strategies used to help children.
After very difficult week with visually impaired/autistic child I feel very positive again. Thank you.
Evidence/research - even if small sample. Bringing visual impairment and ASD together with examples.
Talking about the project and strategies to support.
Wow - visual impairment and autism! I have learned a lot and found all of the course interesting.
Easy to get to, comfortable and welcoming.

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

Not just sitting down and listening for so long.
Film clips of interactions with children.
More information on visual impairment, types of visual impairment issues, implications for learning. Less information on ASD.
I think there was an assumption of more knowledge of visual impairment in audience (I had no prior knowledge of visual impairment but more knowledge of ASD.)
Nothing. (2)
More discussion in afternoon.
Not reading out powerpoint presentation.
Activities/discussion - broken up a little. Thoroughly enjoyed. I donŐt like the lighting.
Could we have less on 'intro' to ASD and more about the specific visual impairments that were discussed? In my own role I feel I lack the specific VI knowledge but am happy with my ASD knowledge.
It was a lengthy time to hear points, perhaps more visual examples if possible.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 8
SSC eBulletin: 4
Colleague: 4
SSC Website: 2
No response: 1

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

Visual impairment and autism - outreach