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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 content will include

  • Early developmental risks and vulnerabilities
  • Functional vision assessment, and vision promotion
  • Developmental assessment, including reference to the Reynell Zinkin scales, and developmental promotion
  • Early intervention and support for the young child with severe VI, and management of common areas of difficulty
  • Social communication difficulties and evolving autism in young children with severe VI
  • Visual difficulties in children with complex needs
  • Overview of common conditions causing severe visual impairment, acuity assessment procedures, identification and management of refractive errors
  • Cerebral visual impairment – a multidisciplinary disorder – assessment and management
  • Building your local multidisciplinary paediatric VI team

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Cancellations will be accepted with two months notice. A deduction for administration costs will be made. Substitutions of attendees can also be considered.