Multi-Sensory Impairment

About the service

The Multi-Sensory Impairment Team supports deaf blind/multi-sensory impaired babies, children and young people (0 to 19 years) their families and carers.

As part of the service offer commissioned by the local authority we provide assessment, monitoring and review of children & young people based on eligibility criteria.

Bespoke time-based consultancy support can be purchased as part of our traded offer

What we do

  • identification and assessment of deaf/blind/multi-sensory impairments in consultation with families/carers, professionals and other agencies
  • deliver formal and informal training

Work with parents and carers by

  • giving early intervention and supporting in the home to develop skills
  • offering support and advice by giving information about other agencies, support groups, specialist toys and equipment
  • advising on school entry and phase transfer

Work with early years settings and schools by

  • directly supporting multi-sensory impaired pupils through intervention
  • ongoing assessment of visual, auditory and tactile functioning
  • a Team approach to the assessment of hearing that may include formal tests of hearing, supported by behavioural observations adapted to suit the response mode of the child.  Feedback from families and professionals involved is part of the assessment process
  • ongoing audio logical assessment of hearing aid users backed up by maintenance of hearing aid systems
  • advice given on specialist equipment, e.g. classroom sound field systems and portable sound field systems
  • advice on the development of communication strategies
  • giving advice on specialist equipment, resources, modified materials and classroom management
  • advice on specific environmental adaptations to promote inclusion
  • mobility training
  • contribute to Statutory Assessment, reviews, IEPs and programmes of work
  • advise on special arrangements for examinations where appropriate

Contact the team

Telephone: 01905 843975

Resource: Meet the Sensory Impairment team


Download: Eligibility criteria for SEN, Disabilities and inclusion teams (PDF)
Eligibility Criteria for SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion Teams

Download: Specialist Teaching Referral Form (word document)
Request for Sensory Team involvement form