The following testimonials are a selection of comments provided when participants complete their post-course evaluation, and evaluate the success of their goals 90 days after passing their course.
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“From implemented strategies, progress has already been seen to happen - demonstrating the usefulness of this training and the theory behind learning and classroom assessments and interventions.
“It has made us more focused on the barriers to learning and overcoming them for individual students, i.e. being even more aware of outside influences that could impact on the student that we may not have considered before.
“Before starting this course, I had no knowledge of dyslexia. I thought it was just a case of ‘swimming letters’ when trying to read and confusing b and d and p and q when writing. I now realise that there is much more to it than just these possible traits I have learnt the importance of a dyslexia friendly workplace. We try to make our classrooms as appealing as possible to the majority of students, but fail to take into account the needs of a dyslexic pupil. Something as simple as changing the background on the smartboard from white to buff could make a huge difference. Labelling trays with images rather than just words could save everybody's time, rather than just that of our struggling pupils.
“I have monitored and been more observant of what has been happening in the classroom and outside, I’ve been more persistent and consistent. This has had a much bigger and positive outcome for the children I work with.
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
“This course has really opened my eyes to children, the way they move and organise themselves in the school environment. On learning walks around school I can now see with really fresh eyes. I am also able to contribute to discussions with the SENCO about the nature of the difficulties some children are experiencing. I would like any SEND governors that I meet to undertake this course and any of the other OLT course. They are invaluable to all colleagues working in the school environment. I have also made contact with the local Physio and OT team on behalf of school. Great networking opportunities...
“The course has made me more aware of the needs of a pupil with a hearing impairment and the barriers that they face in every day life. Full inclusion is the key to a pupil's progress and happiness in a mainstream setting.
“What became clear was the need to avoid rushing into larger targets. In my practice now I select much more manageable targets for these children, thus enabling them to approach their learning with realistic and reachable goals.
“I am more flexible and understanding in my approach while working towards goals because I better understand the challenges and needs of the child in terms of possible learning barriers.
Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
“Positive reinforcement of using a ‘soft voice’ especially when meeting or greeting peers has resulted in the student being able to communicate and socialise much better with his peers. Also working towards the smart targets has enabled myself and the class teaching team to focus on the behaviour that we wish to develop and to consider whether the strategies we used were working.
Special School Teacher
Autism Spectrum Disorder
“The ABC intervention was interesting for me and I think this is the section I have taken the most from. I have met some challenging behaviour in classes and this has helped me to understand and identify the types of behaviour and the triggers for it. Within my class I now sit back and think about the types of behaviour and look beyond them to see if I can identify the antecedent and prevent it from happening. I have enjoyed this and have seen a great improvement in my current class.
“I have also learnt how to break down tasks so it’s easier for the children to understand and easier to teach each stage at a time. I have been shown lots of activity ideas. I have learnt lots more that we will be using all the time and sharing with other staff.
Dyspraxia and Motor Coordination Difficulties
“As I have returned after 10 years away from working in the field of Hearing Impairment the course enabled me to refresh and update my skills and knowledge. It has provided material I can use with young people, their families and other professionals.
Qualified Teacher of Hearing Impairment