Support for professionals working with deafblind children
Many professionals will only come across deafblind children very occasionally and may be uncertain how best to support their multi-sensory impaired needs.
Our Children’s Specialist Services team works in partnership with professionals, building on their skills and knowledge to help them develop a holistic view of the children and young people they are working with.
Our experience of supporting deafblind children, young people, and their families has been developed over many years.
This means we have wide experience of the impact of deafblindness and multi-sensory impairment. We also have comprehensive knowledge of the most appropriate strategies and interventions to support them.
Watch our subtitled film that showcases how our services for professionals working with deafblind children.
Because we work with deafblind children and young people all the time, we have developed expertise that we share in national and international forums.
We also use this expertise to provide training and consultancy services across health, education, and social care.
One part of our training and consultancy work is involvement in the assessment process. We are also currently piloting a resource for health professionals aimed at helping them to support deafblind and MSI children in hospitals.
"I am writing to let you know how delighted and impressed we have been with Sense’s work reviewing our early years VI / MSI children. Your thoroughness, professionalism and dedication… have been outstanding."
Head of local authority sensory impairment service
Other Sense services
We also offer a range of other services for children, young people and their families. These include:
- Intervenors: Sense provides one-to-one support to a congenitally deafblind child or adult. They enable the individual to participate in the world around them, support their communication and encourage independence
- Holidays: We organise around 25 summer holidays for deafblind children and adults each year
- Support into adulthood: Sense provides a range of residential and supported housing options. We also offer resource centres around the UK where people are able to choose from a wide range of simulating activities and programmes
- Branches and membership: To help families to come together for mutual support, share information and to keep up with the latest developments, Sense supports local branches and offers a membership scheme
Getting in touch
To find out more please contact Sense's Information and Advice service who will ensure you are put in touch with the right team:
Tel: 0300 330 9256 or 020 7520 0972
Textphone: 0300 330 9256 or 020 7520 0972
Fax: 0300 330 9251
First published: Wednesday 30 May 2012
Updated: Friday 22 November 2013