University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 11: Sensory Rooms & Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)

Presented on Friday, 6th November 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 24
Number of Respondents: 23

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?

Work on use of sensory rooms with the children I work with. Liaise with teachers of the children to trial use of sensory rooms.
The difference between brain injuries and how to adapt colour tents.
I shall apply it to my role with RNIB Scotland supporting people with complex needs and the general population.
Ideas for supporting staff and families. Helped me to understand the visual brain.
Feedback to colleagues. Introduce and observe colour tent.
Further development, e.g. recommended reading.
Pass on to schools that I visit as a peripatetic teacher.
I will feed back to my line manager and teaching colleagues.
I think I will use the colour tents with some of the children I work with.
To deliver staff training on using sensory rooms.
To adapt practices already in place.
Lower field defect - feeding from above.
I will implement observation/assessment on pupils.
My involvement is more with supporting mainstream staff to support able young people with visual processing difficulties (of whom there are thousands). I will use the understanding of the different kinds of CVI in doing this.
Share info with team and colleagues. Try colour tent out with pupils.
I will take this back and encourage the people I work with to think about their teaching techniques.
Will be using the coloured tents with a child in my class.
I hope to begin to develop and introduce elements of what I've learned today with a child in my current class group. This is an area of new learning for myself and my staff team. The focus will be personalised, individualised in consultation with the staff who know the child well. Monitor/assess/evaluation to guide us all with this new learning.
Sharing info with colleagues. Implement/experiment with practical ideas in class with specific pupils.
To help assess within schools.
Try ideas with clients.
To introduce colour tents into my area's special schools.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Practical examples/cases. Expertise on CVI and cases.
The enthusiasm.
The examples of patients.
Interactive speakers and range of materials. Split of theory in morning and practice in afternoon.
Good content, time for further explanations.
Presenter's input regarding brain and impact of damage on vision and adaptations to learning environment. Appropriately paced, humorous and engaging. Really accessible and a good refresher for me regarding the brain functioning in vision.
The practical activities that were discussed to use with children.
The material was presented in a factual, yet warm, humorous way. Very informative.
It was all very informative and useful.
Good balance of theory and practical examples.
Case studies relating theory to practice.
Practical display fantastic!
All of it was good and increased my understanding of CVI.
More clarity about the source of different difficulties within CVI and the need for accurate identification of these, so that effective strategies can be developed at all levels of ability and degrees of visual perceptual difficulties..
Presenter was very enthusiastic and kept you interested, even when I didn't understand everything!
I very much enjoyed both sessions. I thought they worked well together and complimented each other. (3)
Great ideas to try.
Entire content very relevant and coherent. Time to sit and be still for a whole day (although staying awake in early pm after lunch was a challenge) and fantastic lunch.
Mix of theory behind CVI and practical ideas to try out with pupils.
The presenters' expertise, enthusiasm and practical approach.

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

The second half of day on multisensory approaches/tents was delivered at a slower pace, which was too slow really.
I would have liked more of the above. Could slides be provided electronically (by email) for above presentation? Information slides available by email from second presenter?
Reduce cost!
The afternoon was a little slow and laboured. It could have encompassed a broader range of levels of need rather than just multiple disabilities and a visual impairment.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 2
Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 8
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 2
SSC Website: 2
Other (please state): 1 (one of the presenters)

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

Intro course on visual impairment and educational implications, as I've newly taken on VI remit in NLC Psychology Service.
Is there a community of learning (e.g. regular meetings with interested professionals to share good practice)?
Aromatherapy for sensory stimulations.