University of Edinburgh

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

Presented on Tuesday, 7th October, 2014

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 14
Number of Respondents: 14

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 have a much better understanding of autism and can relate to case study examples to my own practice. I will use some guidance when interacting with children with autism.
I will re-think practice with students with autism (and some of those who don't have a diagnosis!).
I will share information with other members of my colleagues who are in the sensory impairment support team. I am also a group leader for Assessment is for Learning development and shall share info on this platform.
I will try using some of the strategies discussed today to provide an improved learning experience for two of my pupils.
Some additional sensory based activities/ideas to try with my class. Refresh practice with my team regarding use of language with our young people.
Being aware of the needs of children with VI & autism & using strategies accordingly.
I will take more of an individual approach when working with VI children who have autism and reduce the amount of verbal communication.
Gave me an understanding of reversible autism.
I have more clarity about the relationship between the two conditions and how they can be managed.
To inform assessment and decision making.
I will try to take up a different perspective and try to focus on the child's view on things.
Revise my practice when working with pupils with VI & autism, especially in terms of environment.
Better understanding of VI - haven't worked with many VI children.
Apply his advice when working with/assessing children with VI 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?

Case studies; great. Ian could discuss previous experience of practice and examples. Makes it more interesting and can relate to it.
Content & delivery.
Pace, presentation of info & plenty of discussion time. Really well delivered.
Ian Bell was very knowledgeable and provided lots of examples from his own personal experience to explain strategies.
Sharing of strategies. Clear information about the nature of autism. A great opportunity to refresh my understanding.
Really interesting & clear presentation. Good opportunity for asking questions throughout.
Learning about the strategies following the research project.
Listening to other experiences.
Hearing about the project. I hope "big things" will follow in the years ahead.
The evidence base and information on features of autism.
The examples given to explain different points.
Specific examples and strategies.  Question & answer session at the end.
Enjoyed the group talk at the end.
The anecdotes/illustrations from Ian's experiences were easy to understand/apply to my own cases. Being able to discuss/ask about cases. Very informative - I learned a huge amount.

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

Slightly long sessions!
I know more about autism than VI - maybe a very brief explanation of some visual impairments.
Copy of CD/DVD!
The lunch.
The availability of the guidelines.
More video/photo examples. Time to discuss/brainstorm in small groups. Resources/more practical ideas to take away. Hopefully CD-Rom will be available soon.
Slightly shorter Powerpoint/talking from tutor.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 1
Course Info Email from SSC: 6
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 3
SSC Website: 2
Other (please state): 1 - Newsletter from Ian Bell
No response: 1

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

Complex needs & VI. (2)
Habilitation in special schools.