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Low Incidence - Sensory Service

What does it do?
The Low Incidence Team and Sensory Service is a collection of teams who collectively provide information, advice, support, direct teaching, and training to children and young people (CYP) with low incidence needs 0 - 25: hearing impairment, vision impairment, multi-sensory impairment, and physical / medical needs.
The service works in 2 distinct ways;
The specialist outreach staff work from the centre to provide a service to children and young people 0-25 who are at home, or who attend their local early years setting, school, or Post 16 provision.
The specialist ARC staff work in one of four additionally resourced centres (ARC’s) in mainstream primary and secondary schools, which specifically provide a high level of teaching and support for children who have the severest sensory impairments. Children and young people
The focus of the service is on independence and preparation for adulthood, from the early years, and in addition to supporting curriculum access, the service promotes the specialist curriculum and specialist skills, eg braille, ICT, BSL, mobility, habilitation skills, self advocacy, disability awareness and independence.
Who is it for?
All CYP 0-25 are entitled to an assessment of need if they present with sensory or physical difficulties. CYP who have a medical diagnosis of a sensory impairment or physical or medical disability will be assessed, and support will be allocated according to the Bradford Range guidance and NATSiP (The National Sensory Impairment Partnership) eligibility criteria.

The service works with parents, in homes, early years settings, mainstream and special schools, and Post 16 provisions.
The service employs a range of specialist staff – teachers, educational audiologist, early years specialist practitioners, technology officers, habilitation officers, audiology officer, deaf instructors, specialist support workers, support officers and leaders – to ensure that children and young people 0-25, and their families, and settings receive the specialist support they need at transitional and specific points of their lives.

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