Specialist teaching of hearing impairment helps children and young people with hearing impairment maximise their potential and lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. Our specialist teachers identify and address learning needs whilst making the curriculum as accessible as possible.
Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or habilitation support. Children and young people with an MSI have a combination of vision and hearing difficulties.
SEND code of practice, 2015
Our specialist hearing impairment teachers offer the following services to education settings and organisations:
Hearing impairment can impact children and young people to varying degrees which is why we take a personalised approach to our services, ensuring that they meet needs.
Our specialist teachers provide 1-to-1 interventions and group work on the following areas:
As hearing impairment varies between children and young people, our specialist teachers offer bespoke interventions for individuals and groups.
Our specialist services can be accessed by education, health and other professions working with children and young people.
[Education settings] must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that disabled children and young people are not at a substantial disadvantage compared with their peers. This duty is anticipatory – it requires thought to be given in advance to what disabled children and young people might require and what adjustments might need to be made to prevent that disadvantage
SEND code of practice (2015)
Our specialist hearing impairment teachers provide a broad range of consultancy and whole school services. Examples of work provided, includes:
Our consultancy services are also available on an individual and group level. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about our consultancy and whole school work please get in touch and find out how we can help.
SENCo and specialist assessor
Dr Julie Alfrey
Educational and child psychologist
Dr Kelly Ward
Educational and child psychologist
Assistant educational psychologist
Our hearing impairment specialist teachers offer a range of training, including:
Bespoke training for education settings and organisations is also available in addition to our external CPD events which run throughout the year.
Our training is available on and off site for education settings and organisations in relation to health, psychology and education.
We work with children and young people with all levels of hearing impairment, including those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
The benefits of using our specialist hearing impairment teachers can be seen on an individual, group and whole school level. Our specialist hearing impairment teachers:
Our flexible service adapts to the needs of children, young people and education settings.
Our services can be funded through a variety of ways.
Our hearing impairment specialist teaching services provide onsite assessments and interventions for children and young people with hearing impairment. We support each individual student, staff member, education setting or organisation in creating an inclusive, positive environment that maximises potential, wellbeing and progress.
Our specialist multidisciplinary services can be commissioned through a service level agreement and as standalone input.
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