Sensory Impairment Service (SIS) - Hearing Impairment - NCC

Type of service:
Local Government Department
Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 1ED
Telephone number:
01604 364770
Service description:

Where a child has or may have a Permanent Childhood Impairment (PCHI) the Sensory Impairment Service will provide support to the school or early years setting, directly to the child or young person and to their family in line with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NATSIP) guidelines.

Support for schools and early years settings

  • Within five ( 5) working days – or 24 hours for newly diagnosed children from the newborn hearing screening programme ( NHSP) a teacher of the Deaf will arrange an appointment to visit the school or early years setting to carry out an assessment of the pupil.
  • Provide advice to schools in respect of differentiation of academic work
  • Access to an Education Audiologist
  • Access to a British Sign Language (BSL) as appropriate
  • Provide equipment to facilitate access to learning
  • Maintain equipment supplied by the SIS as appropriate
  • Give advice with regard to reasonable adjustment to the physical environment in the school within six (6) school weeks of the initial request.
  • Attend review meetings as required
  • Provide training to staff regarding individual needs and strategies to support learning
  • Provide direct teaching support through a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (QTOD) as deemed appropriate
  • Provide advice and support for exams as appropriate
  • Provide initial advice and deaf awareness training to the staff employed by the school or early years setting

Support for parents

  • Access to a Teacher of the Deaf and support for all PCHI children and young people
  • Training for the use of specialist auditory equipment
  • Training for hearing aid/auditory implant management and maintenance to facilitate speech, language and communication development

Support for children and young people

  • Direct teaching support through a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf as deemed appropriate
  • Help the child to develop independent audiological management skills
  • Access to an Educational Audiologist
  • Tuition from a British Sign Language instructor as needed

Additional Support

The SIS provides drop in play sessions for children under 4 with a hearing impairment at local Children Centre

CHICs has joined with Twinkle Time to become a sensory music session for children with a hearing or vision impairment. It is held at the Penrith Drive Children's Centre in Wellingborough, once a month, on Thursdays.

This team is part of the SEND Specialist Support Services.

Referral is via the Specialist Support Services ( SSSS) link above

Age range:
0 - 19 years
British Sign Language
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - Early Years (0-5)
  • Age - School (5-18)
Referral route:
  • Family member
  • G.P or health referral
  • School referral
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