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Advisory Teaching Service Hearing Impairment Team

The Hearing Impairment Team is part of the Advisory Teaching Service which is a countywide Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) advisory support service.  Support is available for children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss at all stages of the Gloucestershire Pathway. The team consists of qualified specialist advisory teachers of the deaf and multi-sensory impairment, deaf communications tutor, specialist speech and language therapists.

What we do:

  • Provide support for children and young people from the confirmation of a permanent hearing impairment until they leave school or further education college (0-25 yrs)
  • We work closely with families of pre-school children, helping them to understand the diagnosis, and then offering advice and support to develop communication strategies and language skills
  • Support, advise and empower children and young people (CYP), to understand their hearing impairment and audiological equipment
  • We work closely with families, school staff, speech therapists and medical professionals enabling us to offer tailored and targeted support and advice aimed at helping children and young people achieve their full potential
  • Provide monthly early years (0-5 yrs) support group for parents/carers of children with a hearing impairment and children
  • Provide developmental and educational advice in relation to the CYP's hearing impairment
  • Ensure that the views, wishes, perspectives and experiences of the CYP's are fully considered in their provision
  • Support CYP to develop a positive understanding of their hearing impairment and identity
  • Provide, monitor and evaluate use of specialist audiological equipment e.g. radio aids
  • We offer and provide a range of training from individual training around a CYP's needs to whole school and area based specialist courses to support continuing professional development in relation hearing impairment

Who to contact

Telephone
01452 324376 - Cheltenham ATS
01594 823102 - Forest ATS
01452 426955 - Gloucester ATS
01452 583728 - Stroud ATS
E-mail
cheltenham.ats@gloucestershire.gov.uk
forest.ats@gloucestershire.gov.uk
gloucester.ats@gloucestershire.gov.uk
stroud.ats@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Advisory Teaching Service
Address
Dockham Road
Cinderford
Postcode
GL14 2DB

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Who can refer and how:

  • Health Services at the time of diagnosis, signed referral form
  • School, through the Advisory Teaching Service Referral Form

If you have concerns regarding your child's hearing your first port of call should be the GP.  If necessary your GP will refer your child to specialist audiology services within your area who will refer to our team as appropriate.  As a parent/carer you will be asked for consent for health services to contact a Teacher of the Deaf.  The teacher offering support in your area will then contact you directly.

Local Offer

Local Offer Details

We work with CYP who have:

  • A diagnosed permanent hearing loss
  • An ongoing temporary hearing loss that is likely to impact on a CYP's education

How and when we do it:

  • We work in homes, early years settings, schools and other educational settings.  This is available during term time
  • A referral service is provided to cover the school holiday periods for any newly diagnosed babies under the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme
  • The level of support offered to each child and young person and family is based on the CYP's needs in relation to their hearing loss, their stage of development and the knowledge and support that they have around them.

Practitioner Information

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