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  provision of practical guidance
  • To highlight 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 and 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 Programme

  • 6/7/17
    Registration and coffee
    Welcome, and why are we all here
    Dr Jenefer Sargent
    Consultant Paediatrician
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    Introduction to the impact of visual impairment on development
    Dr Alison Salt
    Consultant Paediatrician
    Great Ormond Street Hospital
    9.30 - 9.50
    Vision assessment: Acuity measurement methods in the eye clinic
    Deepi Dhanoa-Hayre
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    9.50 - 10.10
    Refraction, prescription
    and low vision aids
    Lynne Speedwell
    Head of Optometry,
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    10.10 - 10.30
    Visual electrophysiology
    Alki Liaisis
    Dept Electrophysiology,
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    10.30 - 10.50

    10.50 - 11.10
    Common eye conditions causing severe VI in the UK
    Dr Lola Solebo,
    Ophthalmologist, Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital
    11.10 - 12.00
    Functional vision development and assessment in severe VI
    Dr Jenefer Sargent
    Consultant Paediatrician,
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    12.00 - 12.30
    Impact of visual impairment on vision: Vision promotion
    Dr Alison Salt
    Honorary Consultant Paediatrician,
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    12.30 - 13.15
    13.15 - 14.15
    Research into early development and intervention: key issues for practice
    Dr Naomi Dale on behalf of the Optimum Developmental Vision research team
    14.15 - 14.35
    Assessing development: history, observation and limitations of ‘standard’ developmental tools
    Dr Jenefer Sargent
    Consultant Paediatrician,
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    14.35 - 15.05

    15.05 - 17.00
    Assessment of development: developmental materials including RZ scales (early cognition, language): benefits and limitations
    Dr Naomi Dale
    Consultant Clinical Psychologist
    Great Ormond St Hospital and others (including practical activities)
    Dr Alison Salt & Dr Jenefer Sargent
    Lecture Title
    08.30 - 09.00
    09.00 - 10.00
    Cerebral visual impairment: diagnostic considerations and approaches to assessment
    Dr Jenefer Sargent
    Consultant Paediatrician,
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    10.00 - 11.00
    Developmental setback, social communication difficulties and autism in children with VI
    Dr Alison Salt
    Honorary Consultant Paediatrician
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    11.00 - 11.30

    11.30 – 12.15
    Management of common areas of behaviour difficulty
    Dr Jenny Sloneem
    Clinical Psychologist
    Manifestations of visual difficulty in children with complex multi-disability
    Dr Jenefer Sargent
    Consultant Paediatrician,
    Great Ormond St Hospital


    Using a developmental framework for parent-focussed early intervention
    Dr Alison Salt
    Great Ormond St Hospital
    15.00- 15.45
    Early intervention and support in the community
    Jackie Osborne
    Specialist Advisory Teacher, Visual Impairment, Hertfordshire County Council
    15.45 - 16.30
    Building your local multidisciplinary team/Q and A session/group discussion
    Tea and depart

Payment by invoice can be arranged for Education staff only on request. This will be an offline arrangement and a place will not be confirmed until payment is received. Please use the listed contact details to enquire further.


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