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.

A toddler in a man's armsThe 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.

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First published: Monday 21 May 2012
Updated: Wednesday 28 June 2017