Children and young people
Being told that your child has, or could have, problems with their sight and hearing can be a daunting experience.
Many of the ways in which hearing / sighted children are encouraged to develop may not be appropriate to best support the needs of a child who is deafblind.
The health, education, and social care systems parents need to navigate to get the best for their child can also be complicated and off-putting.
We can help
Sense has wide experience in working with parents to help them to understand their child and to make the most of any residual hearing or vision.
Our Children’s Specialist Services team can advise families on ways to communicate with their child, how to encourage them to play, and how to develop their skills. They can also help with issues involving education and offer advice on how to access the services your child needs.
Our experience of supporting children and young people who are deafblind or have sensory impairments and their families has been developed over many years.
This means we have wide experience of the impact of deafblindness and multi-sensory impairment.
This places us in a unique position where we can work with you and the other professionals involved with your child to develop the most appropriate strategies and interventions to support them. Our approach to working with children and young people who are deafblind or have sensory impairments is to put them first, identifying their strengths and how those can be built on. We want to find out what children can do, not to dwell on what they can't.
Sources of further information:
- Children's mobility, orientation and guiding
- Helping your child to eat
- Your child and personal care
- Helping your child learn through play
- Your child and sleeping
- Communicating with your child
- Education and your child
- Choosing a school or other setting
- Types of education provision
- Provision for school aged children (3 19)
- Supporting children with special educational needs (SEN)
- Learning environment
- Key approaches to support learning
- Working with teaching professionals
- Sense resources on SEND reforms
- Resources for professionals working with children and young people
- Working with children who are deafblind or have sensory impairments
- Working with families
- Deafblindness and other senses
- Teaching strategies
- Holidays and short breaks
First published: Friday 23 March 2012
Updated: Monday 26 June 2017