Cognitive and concept development

This webinar discusses how vision impairment can impact on cognitive and concept development, and why this is important for orientation and mobility.


Course Code:   CPE19CCD-W

Course Information

This webinar will investigate the quality and quantity of experiences that children who are blind or have low vision have and how this impacts on their concept development and sensory perceptions and therefore the impact on their orientation and mobility skills.

Concepts are developed through the following ways:

  1. Concrete - knowledge of specific characteristics and objects are tangible eg house, computer, tree
  2. Functional - the understanding of purpose or function. This relate to something that can be demonstrated but not held such as an action eg running, skipping
  3. Abstract - the understanding of characteristics and purposes and the ability to generalise to other uses and situations eg a chair may come in different sizes, colours, styles and shapes.


Webinar duration: 49 minutes






Completing Cognitive and concept development webinar will contribute 49 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1, 1.5,.1.6, 6.2,.6.3, 6.4, 7.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teachers Accreditation in NSW.



  • Dr Bronwen Scott
    Bronwen has worked as an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) specialist for 30 years. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Orientation and Mobility, Master of Education (Special Education), and a Doctor of Education. Her doctoral thesis explores the introduction of O&M skills within the early childhood context. Bronwen has worked for a range of blindness agencies in Western Australia, NSW, Victoria and the UK, as well as 6 years working as a Visiting Teacher/O&M specialist for the Vision Education Service in the Department of Education Western Australia. She is currently based in Melbourne and is passionate about the role of O&M in developing the potential of individuals who are blind or have low vision.





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