Assessment (MSI)

Assessment of deaf/blind pupils is a complex process which needs to be carried out by a suitably qualified and experienced professional. The Qualified Teacher for MSI uses a range of assessments, which include:

The MSI Curriculum Pupil Profile (Murdoch et al, 2009)

  • Social Relationships and emotional development
  • Communication
  • Conceptual development
  • Sensory responses
  • Understanding of time and place
  • Orientation, movement and mobility
  • Ownership of learning
  • Responses to routines and changes

Vision for Doing

Vision for Doing is a functional assessment of vision for learners who are multiply disabled. This assessment refers to remaining sight, no matter how little, by means of which the learner can add to his/her experience, enjoyment and learning about the world. This includes sight which is so poor as to enable the child/young person to tell only light from darkness.

Kay Picture Test Visual AssessmentKay Picture Test

The Kay Picture Test is a visual acuity testing system for children from as young as 18 months. The pictures are proven to accurately measure near and distance visual acuity. The tests are presented in single-target or crowded-target versions, and come with matching cards for children who are not yet ready to name out loud. Where children under assessment are using Makaton or Signalong, each picture has an associated sign.

Assessing Functional Vision (RNIB, 2003) – an assessment which investigates:

  • ability to recognise objects, pictures, shapes, colours, etc
  • perception of movement
  • figure-ground discrimination
  • depth perception
  • how visual attention is affected
  • the capacity to ‘look and listen’, or ‘look and do’

Communication before Speech: Development and Assessment

  • The Early Communication Assessment
  • Affective Communication Assessment – to identify positive and negative responses to a range of stimuli, and from those responses to build a ‘vocabulary’ for the pupil

Following assessment, the Early Support Developmental Journals may be used to plan next steps, and to record progress

Using the Developmental Journal … with Nichole (aged 3)