The Sensory Service supports children and young people with hearing, vision and multisensory impairment from birth to the age of 16. Our service is made up of professionals with a range of skills in the sensory area including teachers with a mandatory qualification to teach vision impaired, hearing impaired and multisensory impaired children.
In our team we also have early years language and development specialists, technical advisors, habilitation specialists and a mobility and independence officer. We provide specialist advice, monitoring, assessment, training and packages of support in the home for preschool children and in educational placements for the school-aged population. We closely collaborate with hospitals, clinics, schools and other professional services following diagnosis or referral. We respond to requests for statutory assessment as part of the Education, Health and Care Plan process and act on the outcomes recommended regarding the educational provision required. The service also works with children who have a Special Educational Need but are not in the process of Education, Health and Care Plan assessment. These children access our core service.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Tunmarsh Centre
Service For Visual and Hearing Impaired Children, New Tunmarsh Centre
- E13 9NB
The team operates on a peripatetic basis from the Tunmarsh Centre.
Time / Date Details
- Time of day
- Session Information
Provision for educational support is term-time only. Non-teaching staff provide additional support over the whole year.
The service offers specialist support for families and schools following diagnosis of a sensory impairment. This involves
- Specialist assessments including speech testing, functional vision assessment, language etc
- Advice, recommendations and training following assessment
- Teaching of specialist skills (e.g. Braille, tactile learning, family sign)
- Family support including regular groups
- Direct work with young people around personal understanding of sensory impairment
- Provision of specialist equipment for access (e.g. Radio Aids, assistive technology)
- Age Ranges
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Hearing impaired children are only referred to us from the point of medical diagnosis of permanent hearing loss. Following this, we closely collaborate with hospitals, clinics, schools and other professional services. Children and young people with vision impairment can be referred from health services or schools. The level of support is determined by an assessment carried out by a specialist member of staff with the relevant mandatory qualification.
- Other notes
Our sensory service flyer is available in the download section