Over the last few weeks I have had the great pleasure of being in conversation with many professionals from the UK, Iceland and the USA. The professionals are all using Positive Eye’s Positive Looking Visual Skills Programme in their work to support children with vision impairment/loss.
The common themes that have emerged from the conversations are that the Positive Looking Visual Skills Programme:
- Offers common language to use
- A systematic approach to promoting visual skills by everybody, all day, everyday
- A common framework, which is simple and easy to follow
- Builds the confidence of the workforce
- The Positive Looking Visual Skills Programme makes this possible and doable by everyone
- Positive Looking enables planning for vision first, thus moving vision up the child’s agenda
My sincere appreciation to all the amazing professionals who took part and in allowing this wonderful collection of evidence to be gathered.
THANK YOU! YOU HAVE ALL MADE POSITIVE LOOKING ROCK FOR CHILDREN!
Here is the link to listen to all the conversations
Below are links to all the individual shorter conversations held with professionals
If you would like to select an individual conversation to listen to , click on the individual links in the list below. It makes for fantastic listening! Learn from the professionals as they share how they are using the Positive Looking Visual Skills Programme, the impact and outcomes for schools, settings, learners and parents.
1.Conversation with Elfa Svanhildur Hermannsdóttir – Forstjóri/CEO and Estella D. Björnsson – Fagstjóri sjónfræði MSc/Manager Optometry.
National Institute for the blind, visually impaired, and deafblind, Iceland
2. Conversation with Dan Stroker, Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Manchester Sensory Support Service, Mel Tanswell, Teaching Assistant, Level 3 and Vision Champion at Ashgate Special School and Alex Cruz, Class Teacher, Lancasterian Primary School. UK
3. Conversation with Charlotte Arnold and Este Banfield. Both professionals are QTVI’s (Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments) Specialist Teachers in Vision Impairment, Integrated SEND Service, Children’s Services, Buckinghamshire Council, UK
4. Conversation with Charlene Smith, Teacher of pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Trainee Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments, Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre, UK.
5. Conversation with Carrie-Anne Brooke-Lovell, Qualified Teacher of VI, Gateshead Local Authority, UK
6. Conversation with Daniel Downes, Team Lead, Salford Visual Impairment Education Team, UK
7. Conversation with Kye White, Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairment, Rachael Turner, Specialist Teaching Assistant of Vision Impairment, Stockport Sensory Support Service and Gillian Jones, VI Lead & Class teacher, BEd Hons, Valley School, Bramhall, Stockport.
8. Conversation with Dr Donna Carpenter, Statewide Coordinator, Kentucky Deafblind Project. Robbin Cox, Regional Outreach Consultant, Kentucky School for the Blind, West KY Special Education Cooperative. Angela Powell, Outreach Consultant, GRREC Region, Kentucky School for the Blind, Alisa Butler, Moderate/Severe Disability teacher, Pembroke Elementary School in Christian County, Kentucky. Jennifer Starks, Teacher for Visually Impaired, Christian County, Kentucky. Sondra Reece, Teacher for Visually Impaired, Barren County, Kentucky. Ashley Smith, MSD ECE Teacher, Red Cross Elementary School, Kentucky.
9. Conversation with Amanda Riddle, Qualified Teacher of VI, Fairfield School, UK
10. Conversation with Theresa Howells, Hazel Smith, Brenda Tucker, Helen Mahony. Senior Support Assistants and Intervenors at Chiltern Woods School, UK
11. Conversation with Carolyn Smith and Libby Mitchell, Qualified Teachers of VI, Hampshire.