Hearing Impairment

Support for children, young people, their family, educational settings and colleges

Information about the Service

The aim of the service is to support children/young people (0-25 years) with a hearing impairment (HI), their families, educational settings and colleges. We work with other professionals and agencies to assess and meet the identified needs related to hearing impairment.

We support families and the child/young person both in and away from school. The support from the Specialist Teacher for pupils with a hearing impairment may include:

  • Advice and support on how to help the pupil get the best from their hearing aids
  • Assessment and support on the development of speech, language and communication skills.
  • Suggestions and strategies to support HI pupils in lessons
  • Provision of specialist equipment, e.g. radio aids, and support on the effective use and maintenance of these
  • Carry out environmental audits of the school or setting to ensure the best possible acoustic environment for the pupil
  • INSET on the nature and implications of hearing loss and strategies for effective classroom intervention
  • Home visits to families of pre-school hearing impaired children to support with all aspects of hearing impairment and its implications.
  • Advice and support to families with issues relating to their child’s hearing impairment: support groups and links to other families/hearing impaired young people.
  • The offer to accompany parents/carers on visits to hospital clinics and to view nurseries and schools prior to selection and application.
  • Liaison with other agencies, e.g. Audiology, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for Hearing Impairment, Local Speech and Language Therapists, Portage, Occupational and Physiotherapists, Educational Psychologists and Social Care.

The Service works with children and young people 0-25 years (pre-school, EYFS, KS 1-4 and post 18) with a diagnosis of hearing loss, while still in education. We also support children and young people with additional and complex needs whose hearing impairment may not be their primary need.

The Service operates an open referral policy. Referrals are accepted from parents/carers or any other person involved with the child/young person. The majority of referrals come through health or education professionals. The agreement of the parent/carer must be obtained. The child/young person must have a diagnosis of hearing loss.

The Hearing Impaired Support Service is a free service which supports the HI child, families and schools at pre-school stage and throughout their education including post 16 provision. For young people in further education a charge will be made.

Children/young people and their parents/carers can give their views through home and school visits and at events such as the Parents’ Coffee Morning. Parents and Carers have contact details (office phone, mobile phone and email) for team members they have involvement with. Feedback to parents/carers after school or nursery visits is by phone or text and a written report is sent to parents/carers after school monitoring visits.

A Parents/Carers’ Information Day is held every year. Information leaflets for Parents/carers include:

  • Books featuring deafness
  • Daily care and maintenance of hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Communication choices
  • Tips for good communication with your child
  • Tips on how to get a child to wear their hearing aids
  • Useful contacts

The team consists of two full time teachers with the Post Graduate Diploma in Deaf Education working with children/young people aged 0-25 years and two Specialist Teaching Assistants who work with children 0-5yrs. All members of the team update their specialist knowledge regularly. All are DBS checked.

Leaflets

Referrals Process

Parents

Support and Information


Local Support Services

Deafness Resource Centre can provide a range of support including:

  • Deaf awareness training
  • Interpreters
  • Equipment – free on long-term loan
  • Befrienders
  • Volunteers
  • Children and Family Groups e.g. Happy Hands
  • Youth Club
  • Residentials
  • Deaf Club
  • British Sign Language (BSL) training
  • Home visits e.g. family sign
  • Advocacy Service
  • And much, much more

Deafness Support Network can provide:

 

Video Guides

How to look after your child’s hearing aids How to retube your child’s hearing aids
My Deaf Child’s Hearing Tests
Schools

Support and Information

Advice for Schools

Referral Form
NEW Named Child Referral Form – SEND Service Sept ’18

Local Support Services

Deafness Resource Centre can provide a range of support including:

  • Support at school assemblies
  • Deaf awareness training
  • Interpreters
  • Equipment – free on long-term loan
  • Befrienders
  • Volunteers
  • Children and Family Groups e.g. Happy Hands
  • Youth Club
  • Residentials
  • Deaf Club
  • British Sign Language (BSL) training
  • Home visits e.g. family sign
  • Advocacy Service
  • DRC Referral Form for Professionals
  • And much, much more

Deafness Support Network can provide:

Websites and Links

 

Contact: Julie Metcalf, Tel: 0151 511 7065 or Lyndsey Hignett, Tel: 0151 511 7449