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Sensory Support Team (for children)

What can the team offer?

The Sensory Support Team is made up of two teams - The Hearing Impairment Team and The Visual Impairment Team. We are experienced teachers and senior specialist practitioners who all have additional qualifications in sensory impairment.  

We are able to support any child or young person with a hearing or visual impairment from birth to the time they leave school. The range of need covers the whole spectrum from mild or moderate impairments to more complex and profound needs.

[Video] Parents interview the Sensory Support Team Manager

Our work with children, schools and families includes:

  • Supporting pre-school children and their parents/carers from birth to three, including home visits, Sensory Tots playgroup and transition into school.
  • Assessment of functional vision/hearing and advice on the implications for learning and development.
  • Advice to teachers, therapists and support staff on teaching strategies and modifications to the curriculum.
  • A programme of central and school based training.
  • Information and guidance for parents.
  • Providing large print and braille versions of curriculum materials
  • Providing and checking the correct functioning and use of assistive technology (for example, hearing and radio aids, cochlear implants, soundfield systems, CCTVs). 
  • Monitoring progress, attending reviews and reporting to parents.
  • Teaching specialist skills such as signing, braille and touch typing.
  • Specialist teaching interventions for language and communication development.
  • Being a link to professionals in other areas, in particular health services.
  • Advice on special arrangements for tests and examinations.
  • Environmental audits and advice on modifications to the physical environment. 
  • Promoting social skills and high self esteem.
  • A programme of social opportunities - day trips, residential breaks, access to clubs and groups.
  • A comprehensive Habilitation programme run by a specialist habilitation officer, registered with MISE (the professional body). Habilitation teaches early movement skills, sensory, spatial and body concepts as well as cane training, route learning and independent living skills. Sessions are completed throughout the year at home, within the setting or outside in the local area, as appropriate. Special consideration is given to transition when transferring between schools or settings. Referrals can be made by parents/ carers, settings or the Teacher of the Visually Impaired working with the child/young person, for any aspect of Habilitation or a specific mobility route.

Contact details

You can contact the team at Connor Education Centre, Connor Road, West Bromwich, B71 3DJ or by telephone on 0121 569 2777.

Alternatively you can email at sensory_support@sandwell.gov.uk

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