Early support for your child
Early intervention is vitally important for children who are deafblind or have sensory impairments. In the past, the age at which deafblindness is confirmed has varied widely.
The introduction of the NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (for all babies) makes it much more likely that children will be identified when they are still very young babies.
There is also a national Early Support programme in which Sense is involved. This aims to improve the delivery of services for children with disabilities, young people and their families. It enables services to coordinate their activity better and provide families with a single point of contact and continuity through key working.
More information is available in a range of recently revised and updated Early Support booklets commissioned by the Department for Education and written by Sense and others. These cover a wide range of topics including multi-sensory impairment, if your child has a rare condition, childcare, sleep, and speech, language and communication needs.
For further information please view our pages on:
- Helping your child to eat
Practical information about the problems some children have with eating as well as advice on how to solve these issues
- Your child and personal care
Information about personal care and the issues some children may face as well as practical advice on how to overcome these issues
- Helping your child learn through play
Information on different approaches you can use with a child to encourage them to learn through play
- Your child and sleeping
Information about how you can help your child with sleeping, including possible causes of the problem and approaches which may help
- Mobility, orientation and guiding
Information and some practical ideas for guiding children and helping them to find their way around
- Children’s Specialist Services
- Opening Doors (support package)
- Causes and associated conditions
First published: Monday 21 May 2012
Updated: Wednesday 28 June 2017