Assessment and Management of Infants and Young Children with Severe Visual Impairment: Identifying risk and vulnerability and promoting optimal outcomes


Course aims

  • To increase understanding of the impact of severe visual impairment on early child development, and the consequent need for early intervention with parents
  • To present systematic approaches to the assessment of vision and development in the early years and consequent  practical guidance including the benefits of multidisciplinary developmental monitoring throughout the early years in order to identify children who are showing particular developmental vulnerability
  • To increase awareness of the benefits of active liaison between health and education professionals and between secondary and tertiary services
  • To learn about the research evidence base underpinning clinical practice with particular reference to the Optimum project and other work of the Developmental Vision research team

Who should attend

  • Paediatricians, Clinical or Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teachers for Visual Impairment and Educational Support staff, Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Optometrists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists or other professionals engaged in the field. Please note the conference is not intended for parents of visually impaired children

Course content will include

  • Aetiology, diagnosis and management of ocular conditions causing severe VI
  • Functional vision assessment and promotion
  • Developmental assessment, including reference to the Reynell Zinkin scales, and developmental promotion
  • Early intervention and support for the young child with severe VI, including reference to the Developmental Journal for infants and young children with VI
  • Social communication difficulties and evolving autism in young children with severe VI
  • Behaviour difficulties and supporting parents in management and care
  • Visual difficulties in children with complex needs
  • Cerebral visual impairment – a multidisciplinary disorder – assessment and management
  • Building your local multidisciplinary paediatric VI team


Course Coordinators

  • Dr Alison Salt and Dr Jenefer Sargent (Consultant Paediatricians), Dr Naomi Dale (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) from the Developmental Vision team, Wolfson Neurodisability Service, GOSH


Register now!
Location:  Institute of Neurology, basement lecture theatre
 WC1N 3BG View on map
Event date from:  11/11/2014 9:00 AM
To:  12/11/2014 5:00 PM
Register by:  10/11/2014 8:00 AM
Places remaining: 136

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