University of Edinburgh

Developing Children's Visual skills: Movement, the Brain & Learning

Held on Tuesday & Wednesday 9 & 10 September 2008

Course Evaluation Summary Day 1

Number of Participants: 28; Number of Respondents: 28

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 work with children who would definitely benefit from the exercises demonstrated today. Some of them I was already aware of and have used - good to have been introduced to many more.
Not sure as yet.
I will share the day with staff and children in the additional support needs base at high schools and also with friends who have children of all ages!
I will use it on the various children that I work with, both in nursery and those with a visual impairment.
To create a movement programme for a class of 5 boys, 4 with severe Autism and 1 with Fragile X.
In my classroom practice to assist the children I work with.
In my practice.
With pupils.
I take a movement group in the gym every week. I'm looking forward to using all the ideas learned today. I shall also use them in my own special needs class.
I will definitely apply some of these techniques to my pupil situations.
I will blend it with my current work on Bi-Lateral Integration.
I'll do some of the exercises with my pupils.
With groups of children Primary 1 to Primary 4 - less so, but with Primary 5 to 7 also.
It will add to my methods where appropriate.
With my own children and in schools.
It will help me support children in my school in a more holistic way.
I plan to use the exercises with children in my class in a SEBD unit.
Plan to introduce some of the activities to my pupils over this school session.
Very useful - in my own ability/lack of.
Will try some techniques with some pupils.
Not sure how it will impact on my teaching practice but I will read the material to see if I can pull out appropriate activities for my particular children. Useful on a personal level.
With self and with ASN pupils as part of their visual programme.
Look at pupils to identify any signs of a retained reflex and introduce some of the activities.
To visually impaired children with a cortical visual impairment.
Share what I learned with colleagues. Consider using some of the exercises with some of the children I work with.
Lots of hand eye co-ordination games.
Use some of the exercises with my pupils.
I will use this to encourage better use of vision in the pupils I support.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Brendan’s enthusiastic presentation was great - the day past very quickly and was very interesting.
Learning about the different reflexes and how they can have an impact on the visual system.
The enthusiasm of Brendan O'Hara!
It was interesting and fun because it was practical.
Practical ideas (3) and games.
Lots of simple ideas to help vision in all age groups.
All activities.
Hands on experience - interactive presentation - something different.
I enjoyed the mixture of listening then practical activities.
Activities related to purpose and effect.
The presenter: Brendan O'Hara. Very infectious enthusiasm.
The laughter and fun presentations by Brendan.
Active - the presenter was open to discussion and clear in explanation.
Developing my knowledge, practical nature of the day.
Brendan’s approach. Methods of participation and his anecdotes throughout the day. His subject, course content and ideas.
Overall understanding of how body/brain works together - how we tick!
Learning about exercises which can impact on actions.
Practical activities interspersed with humour. (3)
Explanation of reflex development.
The range of activities.
Extremely interesting and thought - provoking speaker.
Taking part rather than just listening.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Heating in the room!
Only came to day 1 as I thought the course was split into two distinct parts - theory and practical.
A bit difficult to hear at times, venue cold.
Acoustics in room - unable to hear much of what was said - eg; instructions and anything when Brendan's back was to me!
Videos of children before and after using programme.
I would like to have time to do the 2 days.
A wee bit faster (pace a bit slow) but perhaps that’s because I have been working on similar but different tasks.
More of the above.
Possible pre-course reading material.
Background information.
Videos of children with difficulties.
Clarification of the point being made as a result of the demo/activity.
More should have been reinforced as to why the exercises are being done.

Any other comments regarding the course?
I am looking forward to coming back for the second day for the continuation.
Really interesting and most enjoyable.
I would recommend it to all colleagues.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course.
It is very expensive and had used up the majority of the department's CPD budget.
It's the only course that's kept me awake all afternoon!
It will definitely help to enhance an ongoing programme of work.
Motivating, but the 'entertainment' did not swamp the reason for the course.
Fascinating: have to select what I believe can use to good effect. Similar to other techniques for integration of senses and relaxation.
Very interesting (4) lots to think about!
Glad I am doing the second day also.
Fascinating insights into the workings of the human body.
Great presentation. Very entertaining.
Stimulating to encourage using exercises.

Location and Venue
Convenient location for this course:No Response  7; Yes  20; No  1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 1; Likely 26; Less Likely 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Anything beneficial to children with visual impairment.
Anything to do with special needs or early years.
I’m extremely pleased with the current courses on offer in 2008-2009 My only concern is the cash strapped councils restricting my attendance to one course at SSC this year.  This is it!
Use of small rooms (Lilli Nielsen). Use of sensory rooms.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes