Hearing Impairment Team
Our team of specialist Speech and Language Therapists have specific training working with deaf/hearing impaired children from diagnosis. We assess and support children in their homes, preschools and schools to maximise opportunities to develop effective communication within the context of their hearing difficulties, using spoken language, signed supported English, British Sign Language (BSL) as appropriate. In addition we encourage the use of visual aids and strategies such as symbols and Visual Phonics.
We work with children with different types of hearing loss including sensori-neural, permanent conductive, acquired deafness and auditory neuropathy. We also work with hearing children of deaf parents where BSL is required. We have experience of children who use cochlear implants, hearing aids and bone conduction aids to give them access to sound. The children we work with can have a range of difficulties in addition to their hearing impairment. Where children are being supported by a different team within our service we offer advice regarding any hearing difficulties they may have.
We support families through regular visits, joint working with other professionals and groups such as ‘Language for Littl’uns’.
We encourage families to access local support, for example through Young Deaf Activities (YDA) and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). These organisations offer information and opportunities to meet other families and share experiences and ideas.
We work alongside the Hearing Support Teachers from the Specialist Teaching Service, audiologists and specialist teams such as Cochlear Implant Centres. We work with children and parents at home, and with staff in mainstream preschools and schools. We are also based in specialist settings known as Additionally Resourced Provisions (ARPs). In addition we deliver training to staff working with hearing impaired children in a variety of educational settings.
You can download our Hearing Impairment Specialisms leaflet here.
To access our team for advice and support, please contact Sarah Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org