Sensory Needs Service - how we support sensory impaired children
Parent GuidanceParent guidance/advice is a very important aspect of the pre-school provision offered by the SNS. Our teachers work alongside parents offering information and support as soon as a hearing or visual impairment has been diagnosed. Advice is given on developmental and educational issues arising from the impairment. Regular contact with parents also enables the teachers to discuss the options and possibilities for future educational provision. SNS teachers liaise between parents and organised groups such as playgroups, nursery schools, voluntary organisations and other associated support services.
Visiting teachersThe service has a team of visting teachers who go in to the Authority's mainstream and special schools attended by sensory impaired pupils. They advise heads and teachers on the educational implications of sensory impairment and recommended strategies to facilitate HI and VI pupil's access to the curriculum. Advice on strategies to support children in pre-school settings is also provided. Visiting teachers work with children and young people from pre-school through to Further Education. Children's progress is monitored using a range of assessment materials. Appropriate targets are identified which may form part of the child's Individual Education Plan.
Children's Hearing Services Working Group: CHSWG
This is a locally based multi-agency group working together to provide for, and meet the needs of, all children within our area who have been identified as having a hearing loss.
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Hearing Support Facility (HSF) for Children with Hearing Impairment
A small number of children have needs which are best met in a HSF staffed by qualified teachers of the hearing impaired in a mainstream school. The service is responsible for the staffing and overall management of the HSF at Bevendean Primary School. Some secondary age pupils attend Lewes Priory School in East Sussex where there is a successful HSF. We also use East Sussex's Willingdon Primary School where the HSF uses 'Total Communication' for a small group of children.
Find out more about the Hearing Support Facility
We provide and maintain radio aids and other audiological equipment for hearing impaired pupils on our caseload. We also give a full audiological service in co-operation with the Health Authority. Out team also help to provide specialist access technology available for loan for our visually impaired pupils, for assessment purposes, and teachers offer a small library of large print books to the children thay are working with. Our team then offer advice to schools and parents on the management of the resources provided, so that full and effective use can be made of them.