Our work with families at home, in pre-school placements, schools and colleges of further education
The Advisory Service for children with hearing impairment/deafness sits within the Sensory Service. We provide advice and support to children and young people with hearing impairment/deafness from birth to 25 years of age.
The aim of the service is to develop knowledge, confidence and expertise in hearing impairment/deafness by offering advice and support to families and educational placements, ensuring that our children and young people receive equality of provision to meet their full potential.
We are a group of specialist qualified Teachers of the Deaf (QToD) with additional skills, experience and qualifications in British Sign Language, Audiology, Deaf blindness
Having a broad skill and experience set we work closely as a team to provide the best quality of service to our children and young people, their families and their educational placements.
How it works
The service takes on hearing impaired/deaf children who have been referred by the Audiology Service within the Hywel Dda Health Board. From there the school aged child or young person will be screened through the National Sensory Impairment Partnership framework (NATSIP). Initial contact will be made with schools to carry out either assessments or observation and any subsequent visits will be established to follow up progress of targets and ongoing evaluation of inclusion. For families of pre-school children visits will be made to the home and the pre-school placement to meet with families, care givers and providers.
The team work closely with schools to track progress and ensure that hearing impaired/deaf children and young people identified as underperforming are supported as much as possible.
For children who have a temporary deafness or ‘glue ear’ advice will be given to schools and ongoing support offered in consultation with Audiology. For many of these children glue ear will improve over time.
What we offer