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Team for Children and Young People with Multisensory Impairment

Team for Children and Young People with Multisensory Impairment

This team works with children and young people with multisensory impairment who have a diagnosed hearing loss and a diagnosed visual impairment, including those with additional  complex physical, medical and learning needs

The Team consists of:

  • An Advisory Teacher with a mandatory qualification in teaching children with multisensory impairment

who works closely with:

  • Specialist Speech and Language Therapists
  • Mobility and Independence Officer
  • Touch typing tutor
  • Specialist Advisory Teachers for both Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment
  • GRH Audiology/ENT & Opthalmology

We have high aspirations for the achievements of children and young people (CYP) with multisensory impairment and feel that this should not prevent them from thriving, reaching their full potential, and having fun whilst they learn.

We support children and young people with multisensory impairment at all stages of the Gloucestershire Graduated Pathway for SEND. Working with CYP, their families and other professionals, we help schools and settings to build their capacity to meet an individual's needs and ensure positive outcomes for them.

By actively listening and responding to an individual's voice we work as part of the "team around the child " contributing to overcoming  the barriers that prevent a student with multisensory impairment taking part in learning and assessment  activities with their peers  - as well as the  wider opportunities in school.

We also provide advice and support for their families, offer advice to early years settings and educational settings (both mainstream and special schools) in Gloucestershire and work closely with a range of professionals to ensure that the needs of the children and young people we support are met. We also have links with local charities and voluntary organisations including SENSE, Gloucestershire Deaf Association, Insight Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire Association for the Blind) and local and regional officers from National Deaf Children's Society.

We want CYP with multisensory impairment to have a positive learning experience, to make progress and achieve their goals and aspirations developing confidence and independence.

We offer training and advice, information and guidance to enable the student to engage in the full range of educational activities as appropriate to their needs.

We offer a monthly specialist support group session 'Early Years Sensory Group' for babies / children aged 0-4 and their families. The group is led by a Teacher of the Deaf and the Advisory Teacher for Multisensory Impairment attends.  It offers the opportunity for families to meet to discuss issues relating to sensory loss and listen to invited speakers. There are opportunities to support the development of communication, listening, visual, social, play and learning skills through planned activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage

How to access the team

If you wish to make a referral then please use the Advisory Teaching Service Referral form. Request For Advisory Teacher Involvement form 

Before you submit your referral form don't forget.....

  • Parent/carer's signature
  • To complete all relevant sections of the form
  • Reference to Gloucestershire Guidance Booklet for Professionals working with children and young people (0 - 25) and relevant My Plan /My Plan+/EHCP documentation
    Gloucestershire Guidance Booklet for Education and SEND Professionals
  • To attach relevant reports from professionals

Please note incomplete paperwork will result in a delay in our response to your referral,

All staff working for Gloucestershire Advisory Teaching Service who have contact with children have the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly CRB) Check.


The team offer a range of specialised training for all staff and professionals working with children and young people with multisensory impairment.


All training is booked through GCC Plus

If you need any help with booking a course please call 01594 823102.

Please contact your advisory teacher if you would like to discuss your bespoke training needs.

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