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Multi Sensory Impairment

The Team

What is multi sensory impairment?

Multi sensory impairment (sometimes called dual sensory impairment or deafblindness) is a combination of impairments of vision and hearing that can affect an individual’s communication, access to information and mobility. Although most people with multi-sensory impairment have useful residual senses, either vision or hearing or both, the combination of impairments of vision and hearing can cause far more difficulty than might be expected from the impact of each separately.

What we do

Our advisory teacher for multi-sensory impairment works closely with the visual impairment team and hearing impairment team to support children and young people (0 to 25) with multi sensory impairment. We offer guidance, advice and support to schools and families in order to maximise opportunities for learning and inclusion so that children and young people with a multi-sensory impairment can achieve their potential. 

Support available

For families with preschool/ young children

Our support may include:

  • visiting pre-school children at home and providing early support and advice to parents and carers
  • advising and providing training to teachers and other professionals within schools, nursery and pre-school settings
  • carrying out assessments, including specialist technology assessments and providing some equipment
  • supporting children, parents/carers and schools throughout transitions
  • providing relevant information to families on the educational options available in order for them to make informed choices
  • providing information about sources of support and relevant organisations, including parent groups and extracurricular activities

For schools and education settings

  • Encouraging and promoting positive attitudes towards children and young people with a multi sensory impairment within the school environment and local communities.
  • Advice and support for transition into and between educational settings and advice on managing the learning environment.
  • Provide parent workshops, advice, teaching and training for pupils, parents, other professionals and schools.
  • Support with home/school liaison.
  • Working with child/young person to teach strategies to assist  with access to the curriculum.
  • Contributing to planning meetings, Annual Reviews and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).
  • Classroom observation to assess, support and inform inclusive practice, monitoring and recording progress.
  • Liaison with other professional services and agencies, contributing to annual review meetings and multi professional meetings, providing a multi agency approach.
  •  Support to promote mobility and independence training in schools.
  • 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.

Contact us

We operate an open referral policy. Once a referral is received the case is discussed by the team to determine whether it is accepted. Levels of support offered to individual children and young people will be guided by the nature and severity of their multi sensory impairment.

A referral can be made by health professionals. schools or a parent.

Contact details:

Sensory Intervention (Education)

Children and Young People's Services

London Borough of Hillingdon

Civic Centre 4E/04

High Street



01895 556633

Further information

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

Last reviewed: 23/10/2017

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