Specialist Teacher Advisory Service for hearing impairment

Criteria for involvement of the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service
  • The child or young person is aged from 0 to 25 years
  • They have medically confirmed difficulties with their peripheral hearing
  • These hearing difficulties encompass conductive hearing loss, mild to profound sensori-neural hearing loss

Children or young people with a confirmed hearing impairment are referred to our service by hospital audiology departments.

If you are concerned about a child’s hearing, contact your local GP or school nurse. They will make a referral to audiology for testing.
Referrals

Children or young people with a confirmed hearing impairment are referred to our service by hospital audiology departments.

If you are concerned about a child’s hearing, contact your local GP or school nurse. They will make a referral to audiology for testing.
Who the Specialist Teacher Adviser for hearing impairment works with

The Specialist Teacher Adviser for hearing impairment works closely with:

  • children and young people and their parents
  • school staff, in particular class and subject teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCos) and learning support assistants (LSAs)
  • educational psychologists and area inclusion coordinators
  • audiologists
  • speech and language therapists
  • teachers of the deaf and speech and language therapists from cochlear implant centres
  • pre-school support workers from the Early Support Programme, local children’s centres, voluntary organisations and Portage
Support for babies and pre-schoolers

Support for babies and pre-schoolers from the Specialist Teacher Adviser may include all or some of the following: 

  • visits to the home or pre-school setting
  • joint visits with other early years agencies such as Portage or local speech and language therapy services
  • liaison with key workers and SENCos in early years settings
  • advice and training on individual hearing losses and discussion of clinic appointments
  • help with hearing aid care and maintenance and monitoring of aid use
  • advice on strategies for successful hearing aid use and development of language and listening skills
  • provision of written information and signposting to agencies and organisations which support hearing impairment
  • information regarding communication options and support to develop communication skills through the preferred communication modes of families
  • assessment of speech, language, listening and communication skills
  • opportunities for families to meet other parents and hearing impaired children
  • advice on school entry including information on any local resource provision
  • support and advice for the Statutory Assessment process if appropriate
  • close liaison with receiving schools before transfer to Year R
Support for school-age children and young people

Once the child or young person with an identified hearing impairment is at school the Specialist Teacher Adviser can support by:

  • providing in-service training for school staff to promote understanding of hearing impairment and appropriate classroom and individual support
  • helping pupils to understand their hearing impairment and its effects and providing awareness sessions for other pupils
  • testing and monitoring use of hearing aids and other audiological equipment such as radio aids
  • regular discussion and review of pupils' needs with teachers, SENCos, LSAs and the pupil themselves if appropriate
  • observing pupils in whole class/small group/one-to-one sessions
  • working with a pupil on an individual basis to model ways of working with LSAs
  • carrying out regular listening and language assessments
  • contributing to target setting in Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • providing reports for Annual Reviews and attending review meetings
  • contributing advice to support the Statutory Assessment process if appropriate
  • liaising with other professionals
Support for young people transitioning to post-16 education

As the young person prepares for transition to post 16 provision the Specialist Teacher Adviser can offer support by:

  • reporting on individual students and attending transfer annual reviews for statemented pupils prior to starting college
  • liaising closely with further education (FE) and sixth form colleges before transfer
  • offering in-service training to tutors and peer awareness sessions
  • providing opportunities for students to deliver joint training with the Teacher Adviser
  • maintaining an agreed schedule of visits to meet the hearing impaired student on a regular basis
  • providing reports for access to formal exams
  • offering support and advice for transition to higher education
Further information

National Deaf Children's Society

Royal National Institute for the Deaf