Children and young people
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Having a child or young person in your family who is deafblind or multi-sensory impaired can be a cause for concern.
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.
Ideas and information
Our Children’s Specialist Services team can offer practical ideas on a whole range of topics relevant to supporting children and young people who are deafblind.
Take a look at these pages for more information:
- Deafblindness and your child covers issues around early intervention and support for pre-school children
- Causes of multi-sensory impairment outlines the conditions associated with deafblindness, including information on the most common causes and links to specialist websites for further details
- Education and your child gives information about the types of school provision available, what additional support your child might need, and the types of approaches which best support learning
- Communicationexplains the many ways in which people who are deafblind communicate
- Resources for professionals working with children and young people has information to support professionals who may work with your family
- Holidays and short breaks
- Making it work for you provides information on how to secure the support your child needs through the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) system
First published: Friday 23 March 2012
Updated: Monday 19 October 2015