Sensory support service

The Sensory Support Service support children and young people who are deaf or have visual impairment and their families from age 0 – 25 years.

The service is staffed by qualified teachers of the deaf and visually impaired and specialist teaching assistants. As well as audiologists, a mobility and orientation officer and a resources technician.

Staff are in the main peripatetic, they work in the home, in early years settings including private and voluntary providers. Staff work in schools, maintained and non-maintained, mainstream and special across all key stages and in further education settings.

The service provides additionally resourced provision for deaf children who are sign bilingual. This is in close partnership with Thorn Grove Primary School and Castle Hill High School. Service staff also work in hospital settings in partnership doing clinical work.

Staff work in collaboration with other agencies. These include;

  • The Portage Service
  • Therapy Services
  • Inclusion Services

They also work with a range of health professionals including;

  • Audiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • The Child Development Unit staff
  • paediatricians
  • health visitors
  • Educational Psychology and social care staff.

The service offers support to pupils and families. There is specialist assessment, direct teaching, communication support, advice, resourcing and modification of materials and provision of specialist equipment. Also on offer are a range of extracurricular events, youth club activities, residential trips and parents’ groups.

An important focus of service work is capacity building throughout the borough supporting the creation of Deaf Friendly Schools and Vision Friendly Schools. We support schools and early years settings in implementing the Equalities Act 2010. We look at classroom acoustics the auditory and visual environment in relation to setting’s access plans. We offer a range of professional development opportunities related to deafness and visual impairment.

Further information about how the service can help you can be found on the Local Offer website.

If you would like to get in touch you can call 0161 474 3906, email or text 07891 949 416.