Course Feedback

Below are some comments left by participants from day one of the Simpson Board Translators course –

  • “Empowering, once I got used to the board”
  • “A great insight into working with people who have no verbal communication”
  • “Very thought provoking, thinking of individuals and how they could use it”
  • “Well presented, fun, thought provoking, adaptable, creative and suitable to all”
  • “I learnt new ways to communicate, it brought me out of my comfort zone it was very beneficial.”
  • “This course opens out to everyone to develop new skills and to gain experience”
  • “It was very interesting I enjoyed it very much; I learnt a lot from trying new ways of working”
  • “Amazing! Really enjoyed being part of the course as a dancer but also to try different roles”
  • “I began to understand the skills you need when unable to verbally communicate”

Below are some comments left by participants from day two of the Simpson Board Translators course –

  • “I have learnt a lot, it’s nice to know I could support others, I was able to use all the board this time and remembered to keep it simple at first”
  • “Much easier than last time, I had more confidence”
  • “Lovely to watch the board being used to see the progress”
  • “The gap between course days has been good to give time to process”
  • “it is important as the translator to encourage the chororgrapher to get what they want, refined”
  • “I found it was a huge difference in terms of improvement on the last course on my translator skills”
  • “Better understanding on translator role, the balance is difficult between pushing and leading, being a facilitator”.

Below are some comments from the participants regarding the overall course –

  • “Eye opening project, which I will use in my role as a support worker and dance practitioner”
  • “It was very challenging, great to share knowledge with other people”
  • “Enjoyable, considers other peoples abilities not disabilities”
  • “I enjoyed it and found it very welcoming”
  • “Amazing! I enjoyed it and will find it useful for college course”
  • “Very accessible to both; dancer, choreographer and translator”
  • “A great insight into working with people who have no verbal communication”
  • “Well presented, fun, thought provoking, adaptable, creative and suitable to all”
  • “I learnt new ways to communicate, it brought me out of my comfort zone it was very beneficial”
  • “Very impressed, our daughter loved being a choreographer today, especially having the chance to boss people around legitimately. Board was very useful; there was also a great atmosphere in the room” 

Below is a testimonial from one of the participants –

“Well-delivered hands on training experience that has equipped me with skills I can take forward into my workshops. As translator I learnt how important it is to ‘understand’ the non-verbal choreographer’s choices. The board itself is complex and took time to get to grips with but by the end of the day everyone seemed to build awareness and confidence in using it. I work mainly with adults who have a learning disability and through this training Lisa has offered guidance on how the board can be adapted to suit each choreographers needs. What is also powerful is that the training is led by Lisa, who uses non-verbal communication everyday, therefore offers good practical advice on how best to support a choreographer who uses non-verbal communication. I am really excited to see the development of this board and how Lisa develops it.”

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