One Minute Briefing
Who are we?
The Sensory Inclusion Service (SIS) is a specialist team which supports children and young people (CYP) with sensory impairments in educational settings and across local communities. It is staffed by trained Teachers of the Deaf (TODs), Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVIs) and many other specialist staff who aim to provide a seamless service from the point of diagnosis until the CYP leave full time education. It supports CYP and their families, colleagues in health, education and other multi-agency contexts to meet the needs of CYP with sensory impairment.
How can I access the service?
We accept referrals primarily from health agencies but also from parents/carers, schools and other agencies but always with reference to medical advice regarding hearing and/or visual loss.
What do we offer?
- Information on how to refer children for assessment for hearing or vision testing.
- Clear information about which children are seen by SIS and why.
- Information and advice to parents/carers, teachers and other organisations including training for school and colleges.
- Support for children and young people in their educational settings this may include individual teaching/in class or in small groups.
- Support for families within the home.
- Work with other groups to ensure sensory impaired children’s needs are met effectively.
- Assessment of children’s hearing/vision in all environments to decide support levels.
- Assessment of language, communication and educational attainment using different tests and assessments.
- Advice on how to communicate with children and young people with hearing loss.
- Specialist advice to Local Authority as part of any assessment process such as Education Health and Care Plans.
- Advice and support for the use of specialist equipment to ensure the inclusion of sensory impaired children.
- Modification of materials into appropriate formats to allow full visual and linguistic access.
- Individual support for modifications for external examinations.
- Teaching of Braille to educationally blind children and young people.
- Support for children and young people in accessing activities within their community and offer opportunities for sensory impaired children to meet together.