University of Edinburgh

Functional Vision Assessment

Presenting information


When we're presenting information, I think it's always best to have a verbal explanation of the findings, supported by a written report. Face to face when possible. If you think what I said back at the beginning, parents getting a report cold on their desk, it can be a horrendous shock to them. So if we're able to speak to them and explain to them and if there is anything in the report that they don't understand, we clear it up there and then. Because sometimes the parents only hear a couple of words when they go in to a clinical assessment or when they get a report. It's just the words; what they can't do that shouts out at them. We want to make it be open so that they know and we can talk to them rather than just get a report put on their desk. And then if they go to a formal meeting after it, they understand what the report is saying. Some parents find it very difficult to read. I don't know how many times I've had parents tell me they've forgotten their glasses. And you quickly realise that means they're not able to read at that level. They can't take it on board. So you tell them.

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