Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

Sensory Impairment Team

Address: Sensory Impairment Team, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL

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Brief description of what services your organisation offers:
The team for Sensory Impairment comprises of Specialist Teacher Advisers, Communication Support Workers, Intervenors and a habilitation worker for Visually Impaired pupils.  We work with sensory impaired children and students from 0 - 25 years of age, at home or other pre-school settings, in schools and colleges.
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Where the team is based:
City wide.
What the organisation provides - types of interventions and support:
•    Providing support and teaching for pre-school children and their carers who have a diagnosed sensory impairment.
•    Specialist assessment, teaching, support and advice for individual young people with sensory impairment and their families.
•    Contributing to individualised education programmes and liaising with Health, Social Care and other professionals
•    Delivering specialist training to mainstream and special school/college staff.
•    Provision of specialist teacher support for planning provision and the placement and monitoring of pupils with a sensory impairment.
•    Keeping a resource bank of specialist equipment available for loan to schools/colleges
Eligibility Criteria:
•    Any child/young person 0-25 who has a diagnosed hearing/visual impairment.
•    Any child/young person suspected of having a hearing loss/visual impairment and identified by nursery, school, college or parent/carer.
Quality standards and expected outcomes for children and young people and their families accessing your services:
Our aim is to maximise the educational opportunities for every individual child, working in partnership with parents and carers, teachers and colleagues in other agencies.  Use of the DfE Quality Standards for Outreach Services to monitor and assess service provision.  Benchmarking with other LA's e.g. SENSIP, BATOD, RNIB Annual returns to monitor educational outcomes and equity of service
How can this service be accessed?
Direct referrals from professionals, parents and carers.
How and who to make a complaint to:
In the first instance, Amanda Richards, Team Leader of the Sensory Impairment Team

Tel: 023 92688612

Service Category: Education, Education Service

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