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Advisory teaching service

Specialist support for children with a hearing, visual or physical disability or difficulties with communication, interaction, cognition, learning and behaviour.

We help children and young people participate and achieve in all aspects of life:

  • by developing the skills of the individual and those of their families, schools and settings
  • through collaborative working in which the voice of the child is paramount

Find out more

There are four specialist teams who work across the county. We provide leaflets that describe the work of each team and information for parents.

If you would like more in depth information our pages on our sister site, Schoolsnet have a wide range of leaflets covering a range of subjects to support your child's needs. There is a link to Schoolsnet under each heading.

The Advisory Teaching Service is linked to Localities. Localities are locally based teams providing a range of support to vulnerable children and families in their area.

Team for Communication and Interaction

We support children and young people from birth to 19 years, who have severe language impairments or disorders, severe social communication difficulties, and those on the autism spectrum.

Guidelines for Augmentative and Alternative Communication with particular reference to communication aids

Teams for Physical Disability and Cognition and Learning / Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties

We work with children and young people who have a physical disability and some children with statements for cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties from birth to 19 years.

If you need more information, go to Team for Children and Young People with Physical Needs

Team for Visual Impairment (VI)

This team works with children with a significant level of visual impairment from birth to 19 years.

Team for Hearing Impairment (HI)

This team works with children with a significant level of hearing impairment from birth to 19 years.

Early Years Sensory Group

The HI and VI Teams run a support group for parents/carers of babies and pre-school children diagnosed with a sensory impairment.

This provides a regular opportunity for parents/carers to meet with Advisory Teachers, Deaf Communications Tutor, Audiologists, Speech & Language Therapists and other Specialists as well as each other.

Speakers are invited to the group to discuss a range of topics.

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