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Specialist Teaching Service (Sensory and Physical Support)

Specialist Teaching Service - Hearing, Vision and Physical Support

The Specialist Teaching Service aims to ensure the inclusion and achievement of children and young people with hearing and/or vision impairments and physical disabilities and the building of expertise and capacity within educational settings / schools in Peterborough, in line with current local and national strategies.

The focus of support across the service continues to be working in partnership with families, schools, pre-school settings, post 16 provisions and other involved agencies so as to ensure the needs of the children / young people we work with are fully met. To achieve this we use a variety of approaches:

  • Assessment of need

  • Advice to settings / schools and parents

  • Support for settings / schools and parents

  • Formal and informal training for setting / school staff

  • Provision of specialist education equipment for sensory impairment

  • Monitoring of progress and educational provision

  • Liaison and close work with different professionals and agencies

  • Input to Education, Health and Care needs assessments and reviews

In some specific cases where there is a high level of need, the team may on occasions do direct teaching of particular skills with a child or young person.

 

 

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
sensorysupportservice@peterborough.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Sand Martin House
Address
Bittern Way
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
Postcode
PE2 8TY
Notes

Staff will primarily meet service users in the community.

All SENI Services work with Family Voice Peterborough to run monthly Parent/Carer Hubs. For more details on the hubs, please see the Family Voice Peterborough website: www.familyvoice.org

Get directions to PE2 8TY

Other Details

Costs

Details
None

Availability

Age Ranges
0-25
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Professional referral

All referrals must be accompanied with a clinical/medical letter stating that the child has a hearing and/or  visual impairment or physical disability

For visual impairment:

The child/young person has a visual condition/ vision is affected / vision is likely to be affected in the future. This can be anything from nystagmus through amblyopia, monocular to other more complex conditions.

Please note the visual conditions must NOT be correctable by glasses/prescription.

If someone has a condition which is likely to result in loss of vision in the future then that condition should be identified medically e.g. Battens, Usher etc and evidence of that would be needed.

For hearing impairment:

The child/young person has an audiology report confirming a sensorineural hearing loss or a conductive loss that requires an audiological hearing aid device

For physical disability:

Medical report that indicates a long term physical disability

Other notes

We also work collaboratively with the specialist Hubs, commissioned by the City Council, to provide peer to peer support for education settings across the Peterborough area. These Hubs deliver a variety of support such as training, drop-in / open times, observations of lessons, resource libraries, helpline. 

 

Local Offer

Description

The Specialist Teaching Service aims to ensure the inclusion and achievement of children and young people with hearing and/or vision impairments and physical disabilities and the building of expertise and capacity within educational settings / schools in Peterborough, in line with current local and national strategies.

The focus of support across the service continues to be working in partnership with families, schools, pre-school settings, post 16 provisions and other involved agencies so as to ensure the needs of the children / young people we work with are fully met. To achieve this we use a variety of approaches:

  • Assessment of need

  • Advice to settings / schools and parents

  • Support for settings / schools and parents

  • Formal and informal training for setting / school staff

  • Provision of specialist education equipment for sensory impairment

  • Monitoring of progress and educational provision

  • Liaison and close work with different professionals and agencies

  • Input to Education, Health and Care needs assessments and reviews

In some specific cases where there is a high level of need, the team may on occasions do direct teaching of particular skills with a child or young person.


SENSORY IMPAIRMENT TEAM:

Hearing Impairment

We work with children and young people who have a permanent unilateral (one ear) or bilateral (two ears) mild, moderate, severe or profound hearing loss as identified by an Audiologist.

Vision impairment

We work with children and young people who:

  • have no functional vision and has a Severely Visually Impaired Registration;

  • have a distant vision impairment that results in vision fields and depth perception issues;

  • have a near vision impairment that results in fixation issues;

  • have deteriorating vision due to an ocular visual impairment;

  • have low vision due to an ocular or a cortical visual impairment.

 Multi-sensory impairment

We work with children and young people who have combined vision and hearing impairment, which may include a functional loss in one or both of these senses that create difficulty in accessing the curriculum and engaging in daily life experiences.

 When a child/young person is referred to the Sensory Impairment Team, we will:

  1. Acknowledge written referrals by phone;

  2. Visit parents / settings to discuss the role of the service, especially upon initial involvement with the child/young person and the setting;

  3. Request written parental permission to seek relevant medical information from the relevant health Service such as the Consultant Paediatrician, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist.

On completion of any assessment, a written report is compiled by a specialist teacher.

 

Physical Disabilities team:

Physical Disabilities

We work with children and young people who have a physical disability which affects one or more of the following:

> Balance, mobility and/ or physical stamina;

> Hand function;

> Communication;

> Independence.

We work within Peterborough education settings / schools providing advice, support and training to staff. Request for involvement are made through the school Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO).

 

As a Specialist Teaching Service, we offer:

  • Literature to education settings / schools;

  • Face to face meetings with education setting / school staff to discuss their concerns;

  • Education setting / school training to enable them to support children and young people with sensory impairment and/or physical disabilities;

  • A parent/carer consultation services operates within Family Voice Peterborough each term.

The Physical Disability service mostly works in schools during term time only.   

The Service for Vision and Hearing Impairment works with children and families from birth, in the home, and in early years settings/schools/colleges as children enter education.

Audiological referrals from the NewBorn Screening process are accepted all year round.

 

Contact Telephone
01733384517
Contact Email
Roger.valentine@peterborough.gov.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 5 years
5 to 11 years
11 to 19 years
19 to 25 years
Needs Level
High
Medium
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

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