The team consists of specialist teachers, specialist teaching assistants, educational communicators and a resource officer/technician. All staff who work with pupils have specialist qualifications eg teacher of the deaf, teacher for visually impaired, teacher for autism, braille and sign language qualification, as appropriate. Who we work with We support parents, carers and school staff in meeting the needs of children with sensory and communication difficulties who meet referral criteria. This can be children as early as a few weeks old, to school leaving age. The sensory and communication support team staff support pupils with: hearing impairment visual impairment multi-disabled V.I./deafblind autism spectrum conditions Support for schools Staff from the team provide a comprehensive range of support for schools in order that pupils’ specialised needs are met. This includes: assessment of pupil’s functional vision/hearing information concerning the educational and social implications of a pupil’s impairment assessment of appropriate mode of communication eg Braille, British Sign Language advice on adaptations to the learning environment advice on teaching materials and resources advice on preparation of IEP’s, Intervention Plans and setting of pupil targets written guidelines to schools re. curriculum access, teaching strategies, behaviour management, appropriate technology loan of some specialised equipment eg magnification aids, radio aids direct teaching support to assist the development of specialist curriculum areas eg speech and language, listening skills, Braille submission of reports and attendance at pupil annual reviews in service training for teaching and non-teaching staff; and liaison with other professionals eg educational psychologists, social workers Contact sensory and communication support team Sensory and Communication Support Team The Child Development Centre Hill Rise Kempston Bedfordshire MK42 7EB Tel: 01234 718122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note the Sensory and Communication Support Team work term time only.