We provide support and advice for children and young people with hearing impairment from diagnosis or following a referral to our services.
- Home Visits - advice and support to families in order to best develop language, communication and listening skills. We monitor the progress of the hearing impaired child. We provide strategies and support to establish consistent use of hearing aids and cochlear implants
- School Visits (mainstream or special) - advice, strategies, and recommendations to support curriculum access. We check hearing equipment and provide advice on maintenance and care. We liaise with SENCos and Inclusion Managers and write reports as necessary
- Deaf Awareness Training - annual deaf awareness training which Havering educational settings are invited to attend. The training develops knowledge and understanding of deafness, hearing technologies and strategies to access the curriculum
- Transitional Support - advice at key transition times
- Radio Aids - assessments for suitability and advice on the system to best meet the needs of the individual
- Family Signing - a weekly term-time group for parents and families of hearing-impaired children. Its aim is to enable parents and carers of hearing-impaired children to meet each other, learn some basic British Sign Language and have a cup of tea! The group is held in a child-friendly environment so all little ones are welcome
- Collaborative Working - strong links with the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for HI children, Cochlear Implant Teams and the local Audiology Service. We work alongside other Agencies and Services as appropriate
- Fair Access - use the NatSIP Eligibility Criteria to guide support allocation for hearing impaired children and young people.