OnDemand: Working with the SASC Guidance on Visual Difficulties: SASC Authorised

An opportunity for diagnostic and needs assessors, SENCOs, SpLD practitioners and H.E. disability advisers to familiarise themselves with and explore the implications for updated screening protocol which covers both adults and children and assessment of the 2018 SASC guidance on SpLDs and Visual Difficulties. 


This webinar discusses the guidance for assessors and SpLD practitioners concerning how to respond to visual difficulties observed or reported during screening and assessment for a specific learning difficulty. This training explains why the guidance was written and offers an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding the respective roles of vision and SpLD practitioners.

Course Description

The guidance essentially seeks to advise practitioners that to ensure the safety of clients regarding their vision, a brake had to be applied to diverse and under-scrutinised assessment practice by SpLD professionals who are not qualified, as optometrists and other vision professionals are, to assess for the possibility of and / or suggest a diagnosis of visual stress or hypersensitivity in the context of a very wide range of other visual difficulties that might explain symptoms reported and behaviours observed.   

A range of practices regarding screening and assessment for visual stress has developed within the diagnostic screening and assessment process for a specific learning difficulty. These practices have been developed in good faith by assessors keen to do the best for their clients and they have been guided by previous advice and training provided by the professional bodies in this field.  However, many of these assessment practices have tended to be used uncritically and unreflectively and this has led to ‘ X has visual stress’ becoming a ubiquitous conclusion reached in many diagnostic assessment reports without adequate evidence and interpretation, and with recommendations regarding visual stress tending to suggest use of coloured overlays / filters as the only possible form of remediation.  

This training session will address these concerns and questions in detail, providing further guidance and support to SpLD practitioners interested in developing best practice. It will explain how professional dialogue and communication between vision and SpLD practitioners can enhance understanding of visual discomfort and disturbances for both groups of professionals, whilst ensuring the safety and best outcomes for any child or adult with those symptoms. 

The Webinar will cover:

  • The need for guidance for SpLD (and vision) practitioners.
  • Understanding the role of vision professionals.
  • A consideration of visual stress or hypersensitivity in the context of other common visual difficulties and pathologies.
  • Working with the guidance: implications for screening, assessment practice, referral, recommendations and access arrangements.
  • Good, allowable and problematic practice – case studies.
  • specific difficulties and case management

Course Outcome

Delegates will develop awareness of:

  • how professional practice can best support child or client safety regarding vision.
  • how a visual difficulty might interact with a SpLD but may be unrelated to it.
  • how to develop best practice in screening, assessment, and referral.
  • how to promote greater awareness amongst colleagues.


Delegates are expected to either: hold a relevant qualification in the diagnostic assessment of SpLDs. [Level 7 or equivalent qualification] or hold a current role as a SENCO / H.E. disability adviser / DSA needs assessor.


Delegates are asked to download and read the June 2018 Guidance on SpLDs and Visual Difficulties from the SASC website: SASC Guidance on SpLDs and Visual Difficulties


This course is on demand and is a recording of a live event.

Delegates will have direct access to the event in the ‘My Online Events’ section of their account for two weeks from the payment date, and can watch as any times as they like during that period. Please allow a few minutes for it to appear, or refresh the page if necessary.

Course Materials

Delegates will be able to download handouts and print off to have with them while watching the recordings.

What our Delegates Say . . . 

'This was a very informative presentation. Thank you to both speakers for sharing their knowledge and offering such an interesting and  clear presentation.'

'I very much appreciated the advice on where to find appropriately qualified optometrists.'

'Once again - useful CPD.'

Terms & Conditions

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing to accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to view the webinar.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   07956 644 786

When & Where

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Cancellation/Transfer Policy 

Please ignore the date that comes up when you book your ticket. This refers to when the course was set up and does not affect your access to the course. 

SASC Blue Block

1.5 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 1.5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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