Specialist SEN Services

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What are the indicators of hearing loss?

Answer: See Identification and Referral Process for Hearing Impaired Pupils. (Link to website.) - Related Link

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Question: What do I do if I suspect my pre-school/school aged child has hearing loss?

Answer: Parents should contact their GP or give the pre-school/school written permission to involve the school nurse and/or the Service for Children with Hearing Impairment. - Related Link

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Question: What happens if my child is found to have evidence of hearing loss?

Answer: Your child will be referred to Audiology/ENT. If a hearing loss is confirmed by the Audiology Department they will contact the Service for the Hearing Impaired. - Related Link

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Question: What level of support can I expect my child to have at school if he/she is identified as having significant sensory impairment?

Answer: Once a child has been identified as having a significant sensory impairment the Services, in liaison with the home and school, will identify a level of support appropriate to the child’s needs, ranging from daily support to annual monitoring. A Service Agreement will be drawn up and reviewed regularly.

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Question: How can I tell if my child has hearing loss?

Answer: See Indicators of Hearing Loss. (Link to website.) - Related Link

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Question: What support groups are available for parents to contact if their children are hearing impaired?

Answer: Various support groups are available to parents including:
The National Deaf Children’s Society, Royal National Institute for Deaf People, British Deaf Association, Hampshire and IOW Deaf Association, Isle of Wight Deaf Children’s Association (tel 611881) and Saturday Club for the Deaf (tel/fax 760180).
www.ndcs.org.uk
www.rnid.org.uk
www.bda.org.uk


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Question: What do I do if I suspect my pre-school/school aged child has visual loss?

Answer: Parents should contact their GP or give the pre-school/school written permission to involve the school nurse and/or the Service for Children with Visual Impairment. - Related Link

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Question: What happens if my child is found to have evidence of visual loss?

Answer: If there is found to be evidence of a visual loss, the parents and school will be informed. The parents will be advised to inform the child's GP and to request a referral from the GP to an Ophthalmologist. - Related Link

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Question: What happens if my child is confirmed as having visual loss?

Answer: If a visual loss is confirmed liaison will take place between the Service for Children with Visual Impairment and the Health Authority and the child, parents and school will be offered support according to Service Criteria and any other relevant information - Related Link

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Question: What are the indicators of visual loss?

Answer: Please see Visual Impairment – Information for Parents. - Related Link

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Question: What do you do if an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is breached

Answer: As an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is an informal agreement, there is no formal process for dealing with a breach. However, it is VERY important that the agencies drawing up the agreement consider how they will monitor progress and what they will do if the individual concerned does not keep to the agreement, otherwise the Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is of limited value if any at all.

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Question: Can a 0-2 year old have an EHC plan?

Answer: Yes. A child under 2 can have an EHC plan. Special educational provision for a child under 2 can be educational provision of any kind. Anyone can bring a child who is under 2 to the attention of the local authority. The local authority will then need to consider whether it may be necessary for special educational provision to be made for them in accordance with a plan.

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