Team for Hearing Impairment

This team supports children whose primary difficulty is related to hearing and those who have a hearing loss in addition to other disabilities.

Team for Children and Young People with a Hearing Impairment

This team works with children and young people (0-25) with a diagnosed permanent hearing loss. We also support Pre-School children with an aided conductive hearing loss.

The Team consists of:

  • Advisory Teachers with a mandatory qualification in teaching deaf children
  • A Deaf Communications Tutor
  • A Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

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

We support children and young people with a hearing 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 to 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 a hearing impairment from 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 families, offer advice to early years and educational settings 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 have strong links with local charities and voluntary organisations, including Gloucestershire Deaf Association and regional officers from National Deaf Children's Society.

We want CYP with a hearing impairment to have a positive learning experience, to make progress and achieve their goals and aspirations whilst 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.

We offer a monthly specialist support group session 'Early Years Sensory Group' for babies and children aged 0-4 and their families. The group is led by a Teacher of the Deaf and offers the opportunity for families to meet to discuss issues relating to hearing loss, listen to invited speakers and join their children for a music session. The group also provides opportunity to support the development of listening, communication and social skills through planned activities for the children 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 - or in DOCX format.

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.

Training

The team offer a range of specialised training for all staff and professionals working with Children and Young People with a hearing impairment.

All training is booked through GCC Plus

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

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

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