Qualified Habilitation Specialists

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Support for your child or young person

A Qualified Habilitation Specialist (QHS) supports children up to the age of 18, in the home or at their education setting. Referrals are made by the Specialist Teacher Adviser who already works with the child or young person. The QHS also supports pupils with VI that attend one of the specialist resourced provisions for Visual Impairment in Hampshire.

They aim to:

  • develop the child's independence
  • improve the child's mobility
  • support daily living skills

They will do this by:

  • assessing areas of need
  • planning and implementing age-appropriate individual mobility programmes for pupils
  • providing training in the use of mobility aids and other equipment
  • providing age appropriate training for daily living skills
  • processing the certificate of visual impairment and issue a yellow card which states your child is registered partially or severely sight impaired
  • providing support when transitioning to new school environments
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Support for the education setting

A QHS will support the education setting by:

  • planning and implementing programmes for children and young people to use within their setting
  • liaising with and training all staff working with the child
  • contributing to requests and reviews for Education, Health and Care Plans
  • providing advice on environmental adaptations for accessibility
  • liaising with other professionals, such as Occupational Therapists