Our coffee morning at Dewsbury Children's Centre was a huge success. Several families joined us to meet with other families with Hearing Impaired Children. We hope to run another coffee morning soon so watch out for dates.
Outreach support to other schools, Pre-school settings and families is well established and children with a hearing impairment who attend their local mainstream school benefit from expert advice from Lowerhouses CE (VC) JI & EY Specialist Provision Team. The support is dependent on the level of need and can include:
- Support and advice for staff in schools and Pre-school settings on strategies to ensure the pupil can learn
- Support families of newborn and pre-school children within their home
- Support for year 6 puplis on transition to High School
- Provide deaf awareness training to staff and peers, as well as more specific training on meeting the pupil’s needs
- Support the effective use and maintenance of hearing technologies
- Undertake specialist assessments to identify the pupil’s needs in order to inform teaching and learning strategies and targets
- Recommend improvements to the hearing environment and access to learning activities for all pupils
- Advice on the outcomes that may reasonably be expected for deaf pupils when support is sustained and developed effectively over time
- Provide advice and support for all areas of the pupil’s development
- Support and advise parents
- Help coordinate liaison with other agencies involved with the pupil
- Advice on adjustments needed for any examinations or tests.
- Educational audiologist attends paediatric Health Authority Clinics for under 5’s or those with complex needs
Audiological support is available to outreach schools to ensure all hearing technology is working correctly and to give advice on resources which are available and may help support a deaf child in school.
A Family Support Worker is available to support parents and provide advice, respond to any worries parents may have about their child starting or at school, helping them to feel valued, welcomed and involved in their child’s education. Also, providing basic BSL tuition if required.
Advanced Education Teaching Assistant Support
On the recommendation of a Teacher of the Deaf, children may receive on going intervention or a specialised programme delivered by an Advanced ETA from the Hearing Impaired Specialist Provision. These are specialist interventions and specifically aimed at helping deaf pupils improve:
- their attending and listening skills
- their language and literacy levels and communication skills
- their access to lessons and social experiences.