University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 8: Emotional Isolation: helping young children with sensory impairments

Presented on Friday, 21st November, 2014

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 14
Number of Respondents: 10

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 my regular engagement with children and young people and families.
In my daily work.
Helps to underpin my support to families.
No idea at present! So much to take away and think about.
I will try to be more observant to look for signs of engagement and non-verbal communication when working with children and young people.
Sharing with colleagues.
Look at next steps. Discuss with staff and look for research. Ways to support parents more.
Supporting pupils with visual impairment - losing vision and blind. Families too.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Speaker was exceptional and really engaging. Enjoyed opportunity for group to share experiences and ideas. Great balance.
Fascinating discourse.
Speaker's presentation and relaxed/informal atmosphere.
Speaker! (2)
Wonderful presenter with an amazing depth and breadth of knowledge.
I enjoyed and learned much from all 3 sessions, especially: deeper knowledge of attachment, difficulties VI/HI children may have forming attachment, and difficulties they may encounter if attachment is not established.
Sharing personal stories and the speaker making it all make sense.
Linking it to VI and HI and effect attachment has on this.
Charismatic speaker, very engaging and knowledgeable. Thought provoking. Very important evidence - change of policy needed.

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

Just more of it - 2 or 3 day course, during a school holiday to allow attendance would be great.
More time.
I think there is scope for this to be a longer course. I could certainly learn much more from the speaker.
Lot of information and ideas to reflect on. Found afternoon session more focused on VI & HI but came very late on in the day and would have liked this to be discussed earlier. Need to finish on time, as aware of people becoming less interested.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Course Brochure: 1
Course Info Email from SSC: 5
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 1
Colleague: 1
SSC Website: 1

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

Social inclusion strategies for VI children and young people.
Emotional support strategies.
Deaf child and complex needs.