Childhood visual impairment and mental health:

Science into practice

Registration is now closed

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Kennedy Lecture Theatre London

2nd - 4th July 2018

The psychological wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people with visual impairment and their families have been greatly neglected. Two main charities, the Mary Kitzinger Trust and Royal Society for Blind Children, have come together with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and University College London to host this conference.
Together with the contributors and participants, we hope to spearhead important changes to improve understanding and meeting needs better.

Lectures and workshops by leading: academics clinicians practitioners

Lectures and workshops by leading academic researchers, clinicians and practitioners from UK, Europe and internationally and parent and child representatives, to share the most up to date research and clinical practice and to bridge research and practice and support skill learning.

The conference aims to address these topics:

  • Needs, outcomes and quality of life
  • Early childhood intervention: vulnerability and prevention
  • Identifying and managing psychological and mental health need
  • Emotion, behavior and self regulation difficulties
  • Social support and psychosocial adjustment
  • Social communication risk and autism
  • Participation, habilitation, sport and wellbeing

More information on the conference can be found in the    Programme

Who should attend:

  • All researchers.
  • Clinical and educational practitioners.
  • Commissioners working with children with visual impairment.


The Organising Committee has reviewed the abstracts; authors have received their formal acceptance or rejection notices in order to allow presenters sufficient time to register for the conference.

 Oral Presenters Guidelines

 Poster Presenters Guidelines


The organisers and faculty

Conference Planning Chair:

Dr Naomi Dale, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Reader in Paediatric Neurodisability, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, UK


Registration is now closed as we have reached our full capacity for the conference.

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UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, the perfect location for exploring many of London's best known attractions. It is near excellent transport links; Euston Station and King's Cross & St Pancras International are within walking distance. Russell Square tube station is just around the corner; Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are only a couple of stops away on the Piccadilly Line.

We are a short walk from major transport links in London, By tube: Russell Square - Piccadilly Line) (~5 minute walk), By rail: Kings Cross (~10 minute walk), Euston (~15-20 minute walk).

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