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Early Years Support for Hearing Impaired (HI) children

Integrated Specialist Support Service - ISSS

The aim of the Early Years Team is to initiate a structured programme of support & habilitation for the hearing impaired child with their family at the centre. The parents and family are the key workers in the child’s overall development.

The Service strongly advocates a policy of Inclusion for the HI child throughout their education.

The aim of the support is to review the child’s and the family’s needs, to monitor progress and to set attainable targets using the Early Support Programme (External Website) materials.

Communication choices

  • Recent advances in early diagnosis of hearing loss and hearing aid technology including cochlear implants, now give deaf children much better opportunities to develop good listening and spoken language skills.
  • We believe that an integrated approach to communication, that has a strong emphasis on oral/auditory skills combined with lip-reading and signed support, will give the child the best opportunity to develop good language skills.

© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

Further Information

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Within the SLCN Pathway :

  • The use of child/children refers to children and young people
  • The use of setting includes childminders, children's centres, nurseries, pre-schools, schools.
  • The use of parents refers to parents and carers.

More Information

See also in our website

External websites

  • Hello Campaign
    Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all about
  • Speech, Language and Communication Framework The SLCF lists all the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children needs to know to support the communication development
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • The National Strategies
    Information from the Department for Education (DfE)

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This page was last reviewed 23 April 2013 at 14:20.
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