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Sensory Intervention Team - Hearing impairment

The Team

Who we are

Our team consists of qualified teachers who have experience of working within both mainstream and specialist settings.  Members of the team have additional qualifications in teaching children and young people who are deaf or have a hearing  impairment. 

What we do

We offer advice and support for deaf and hearing impaired children and young people from birth to 25 years. We provide this service for children, young people,  families/ carers, educational settings (pre school/ primary/ secondary/ further education) and other agencies e.g. Health. 

Support is provided through visiting the child or young person in their home, educational or clinic setting.   The aim of this support is  to remove the barriers that these children and young people may experience socially, emotionally and academically.

We offer support to  all  children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss.

The team also participates in the local Children’s Hearing Services Working Group (CHSWG) which meets on a regular basis with representatives of hearing related services and their users. 

What support we may offer

For families with preschool/ younger children

Our support may include:

  • Help with understanding the child’s hearing loss.
  • Help with the use and management of hearing aids, cochlear implant/s or other specialist listening equipment.
  • Assessing functional hearing.
  • Assistance with the child’s development of communication skills (spoken and/or signing).
  • Monitoring the child’s overall development.
  • Supporting a child's transition to pre school/school.
  • advice towards ‘My Support Plan’ and requests for Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans.
  • Liaison with other professionals working with the child e.g. Speech & Language Therapist, Portage, paediatricians
  • Support with hospital visits.
  • Family Information events.
  • Signposting to other charities, agencies  and voluntary groups.

Schools and education settings

Support may include:

  • Advice to staff on the child or young person’s hearing loss.
  • Help with the use and management of hearing aids, cochlear implant/s or other specialist listening equipment. 
  • Strategies for staff on supporting learning  and creating optimal listening environments.
  • Monitoring of the child or young person’s ongoing progress and access to learning in the educational environment.
  • Contributing to planning meetings, Annual Reviews and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).
  • Deaf awareness workshops for staff and peers.
  • Looking after and using Amplification Equipment effectively workshops.
  • Liaise with parents and other professionals.
  • Provide deaf awareness sessions for peers.
  • Help with exam and access arrangements.
  • Signposting to other charities, agencies  and voluntary groups.
  • Support is given throughout the primary and secondary phase of education. This can continue if the young person remains in further education up to the age of 25.

How to contact us

Referrals

We operate an open referral policy. 

The child or young person should:

  • Live in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
  • Have a diagnosed hearing impairment.
  • Be between the ages of 0 and 25 years (after 18 years the young person must be in education).

Contact details:

Sensory Intervention Team- Hearing Impairment

Early Intervention Prevention and SEND

Children and Young People's Services

London Borough of Hillingdon

Civic Centre 4E/06

High Street

Uxbridge

UB8 1UW

01895 556633

Further support and information

Voluntary organisations who support hearing impaired children, young people and their families:

National Deaf Children’s Society

Actiononhearingloss

Scope  

British Deaf association 

Ewing Foundation

Last reviewed: 23/10/2017

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