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Council Services:

Multisensory Impairments

About the service

A multi-sensory impairment is a vision and hearing impairment with additional difficulties; this has an impact on a child’s access to the environment and how to develop effective communication.

The Multi-Sensory Impairment Team consists of a Qualified Teacher of Multi-Sensory Impaired Children, an Educational Rehabilitation and Mobility Officer, Resource and Technical Officer and Specialist Teaching Assistants who have been trained to support children with multi sensory impairments of all ages from diagnosis to when they leave school within a variety of settings. The team provides specialist advice and support to parents, Early Years staff and teachers and works with other professionals, including medical staff, voluntary agencies and governors etc. across Lincolnshire.

The Multi-Sensory Impairment Team supports pre-school children at home and in Early Years settings by monitoring and promoting the development of educational vision and hearing and tactile skills, advising on toys, equipment and strategies to use to stimulate the senses and encourage overall development and communication. The Multi Sensory Impairment Team can also advise and support Early Years staff so that they can provide a stimulating environment and appropriate activities for the child.

The Multi-Sensory Impairment team support primary and secondary school children by working closely with the school staff to ensure the greatest possible access to the curriculum for the multi-sensory impaired pupil. The frequency of visits and degree of involvement will depend on their level of need.

Referral guide and eligibility criteria

Children and Young People can be referred to the Sensory Education and Support Service’s Multi Sensory Impairment Team by Parents, Health Professionals, Early Years settings and schools. An initial assessment from a Health professional and parental consent will be required prior to referring a child to the Service.

Referrals made to the Sensory Education and Support Service are screened by a Senior Teacher. Children and young people with permanent sensory impairments who are likely to require advice and/or support from a Teacher for Multi-Sensory Impaired Children are visited and assessed and a decision is then made as to whether they will be taken onto caseload. Those with a mild hearing/visual impairment or with conditions such as glue ear or one sided hearing loss/squint or monocular vision will be sent advice sheets.

Services and Provision

The Multi-Sensory Impairment Service offers a lot of continuing support to children, parent/carers, families and professionals working with children that have a Multi-Sensory impairment, these include;

  • Assessments of functional vision and hearing and tactile skills, explaining results and implications to the school staff, parents and other professionals
  • Advice on the listening and visual environment, hearing aid maintenance, eye conditions and visual/auditory aids
  • Advice on modes of communication and ways to develop effective communication
  • The provision of individual programmes and materials to develop communication and access to the environment and curriculum
  • Contribution to Annual Reviews
  • Attending reviews and all associated meetings
  • Continued links with families to ensure they remain fully informed and to discuss the different challenges they may encounter as their children progress through their school life
  • The provision of training for school staff so they understand the problems and how best to minimise them liaising with other Local Authority agencies and also with voluntary organisations
  • Liaising with other Local Authority agencies and also with voluntary organisations

Short Breaks Services Statement

Future developments in the Short Break services for children and young people who are disabled and/or sensory impaired and their parent/carers.

Download it here

Short Breaks

Information for families of children with a disability and/or sensory impairment.


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Last updated: 9 May 2016

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