Multi Sensory Impairment

Multi Sensory Impairment Team

Support for children with a Multi Sensory Impairment

  • A specialist teacher of Multi Sensory Impairment will work with children and young people 0 to 25 years with or without Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in in homes, mainstream schools (maintained and academies), some non-maintained nurseries, some specialist provision and in some colleges.

Who the service provides for:

  • The team support children, young people and their families.
  • Support is provided for children who have both a diagnosed hearing and visual loss.

How the service is accessed

  • Referral is through Hearing Support Teachers, Vision Impairment Teachers

or NHS professionals.

  • Pupils will be offered support from a teacher of Multi Sensory Impairment if they are already entitled to support from the Hearing Support Team and the Vision Impairment Team.

Support may include

  • Support to parents / carers / settings to help them understand the implications of having a multi sensory loss
  • Support to develop pupils’ skills in communication and mobility
  • Advice to support access to the environment
  • Support to ensure access to the curriculum
  • Promote use of residual hearing and vision
  • Advice on specialist equipment and teaching strategies
  • Loan of equipment
  • Liaison with other professionals and to facilitate multi-agency working
  • Advice on managing the learning environment
  • Training for setting staff and other professionals
  • Access to Deaf Blind Guidance assessment as appropriate
  • Contributions to annual reviews, review meetings and multi-professional meetings
  • Monitor and record progress through observation and assessments, providing written reports as necessary
  • Observe in the classroom to support and inform inclusive practice
  • Advice and support at setting/school transfer
  • Advice on Local Authority policy and current legislation

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