Sensory Support Team - Hearing
- Sensory Support Team - Hearing
- Support for children and young people
- Support for families and children under 5
- Collaboration with schools, settings and colleges
- Referral process
We are a team of Qualified Teachers of the Deaf and a Communication Specialist (British Sign Language) working across the boroughs of Haringey and Enfield. We support children with an identified deafness, both in the home and all educational settings (except schools for the Deaf or resourced bases for the Deaf).
We become involved with families and children once their deafness is identified; this can often be as a young baby.
Our work includes supporting and advising families and carers throughout their child’s educational journey.
Our team offers:
- support, advice, and training to ensure that every deaf child has full access to learning opportunities in the home and their educational setting
- to minimise barriers to accessing the curriculum so that children can achieve their potential and contribute to their school communities
- liaison with various other services, such as audiology, speech therapy, SEN, and educational psychology. Promoting inclusion and well-being is at the core of our service
We support children and young people through:
- technical support and advice with hearing aids, radio aids and cochlear implants
- liaison with local audiology services, including informal assessments of listening
- supporting language and communication development
- contributing to formal assessments, including Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), where appropriate
- reporting to relevant professionals
Support for children and young people in educational settings
- deaf awareness sessions for pupils and their peers
- Healthy Deaf Minds sessions run centrally for pupils in KS2 and above
- observations of pupils/sessions and 1:1 pre/post-tutoring where appropriate
- transition preparation and readiness
- questionnaires to support achievement and promote pupil voice
- assessment of functional listening
- support to develop life skills such as managing technology, self-advocacy, emotional well-being, social interaction, positive deaf identity and self-esteem
- support and advice to understand hearing loss and with introducing technology.
- supporting families with emotional well-being
- regular home visits to encourage good play and communication skills.
- liaison with other professionals about early listening/language development.
- sign language support is offered at home.
- support with choosing and transitioning into the first setting.
- baby and toddler groups
- training for staff to understand deaf awareness, deafness, and amplification
- Monitoring and advice to promote an effective listening environment
- advice on classroom/teaching strategies/resources to encourage inclusion and equal access
- transition planning to overcome potential challenges
- hearing profiles to demonstrate hearing status and listening strategies
- Identification and information for targets for IEP and annual review meetings
Referrals can be sent directly to the team if a child has a hearing loss confirmed by an audiology clinic (signed consent must be obtained from parents). Specialist hospitals also send referrals directly to the service following appointments.
0208 489 5039/8388 | 0792 978 1581
Get in touch if you need further information, or to raise concerns or complaints.
A service user who wishes to raise a concern can contact us directly by telephone, email and/or letter. If a parent prefers, they can ask the SEN Coordinator (SENCo) to contact us or arrange to meet with the Advisory Teacher of the Deaf when they are in the setting.
020 8489 8338 | 07929 781581
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