Sensory Impairment Support

Cognus’ Sensory Impairment Service supports children and young people up to 25 years old who have a hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairment.

The Sensory Impairment Service team provides flexible support to children and their families through the pre-school years and beyond, enabling each child to achieve their full potential. We work closely with parents/carers in the early years, visiting babies and toddlers at home. When pupils start school, we continue to visit and advise staff.

Children are referred to the Sensory Impairment Service team via many sources including Paediatricians, Audiology and Ophthalmologists. We welcome opportunities to work jointly with other services such as Portage / Playwise CIC who may themselves refer children to us. Many youngsters are also identified by Special Educational Need Coordinators (SENCOs) at school and some parents contact the service directly.

When a pre-school child is first diagnosed, a teacher of the visually impaired will make contact with the family to arrange a visit and provide support and advice, working closely with the family at home. We can also give contact details of other services including parents/carers who have had similar experiences and are happy to provide support via sharing strategies. We work closely with Hearing Impairment Service to make sure families have the equipment they need at home.

For more information on our Sensory Impairment Service, contact a member of our team below.

Miranda Ormesher, Sensory Impairment Service Coordinator QTVI: 07534 525164 or miranda.ormesher@cognus.org.uk

Louissa Nicola, Teacher of the Deaf: 07713 484842 or louissa.nicola@cognus.org.uk

Please leave a message on our voicemail and we will get back to you within three working days during term time.

As part of quality control parents may be invited to complete an evaluation form about their experience of the Sensory Impairment Service.