The term deaf refers to all levels of hearing loss in children, including a partial or total loss of hearing. This includes children or young people who have a hearing loss, hearing impairment or have glue ear.
- assessment and early identification of hearing loss in a child or young person
- emotional support to families
- opportunities for children and family members to understand hearing loss and develop ways a deaf child or young person can be included
- environmental checks and advice on how to improve listening environments
- practical and educational advice to families/carers, early years settings and schools (including specialist provision)
- support for pupils/families/schools at key times (for example transition between schools)
- awareness training for class members and adults who come into contact with a deaf child or young person (including wider family members)
- teaching and training for parents and professionals
- guidance on accessing the curriculum (including sensory/experiential curriculum)
- support to help a child or young person's independence skills and social/emotional well-being
- progress monitoring and target setting
- signposting to other organisations
- access to deaf adults as role models to promote a positive attitude towards hearing loss
We work closely with the following organisations and professionals:
- ear nose and throat consultants
- speech and language therapists
- special educational needs coordinators
- school based staff
- educational psychologists
- physiotherapists, volunteers (for example Plymouth and District Deaf Children's Society)
- parent support advisors
- cochlear implant team members
- Hearing and Sight Centre
Related pages and services
- Plymouth Advisory Team for Sensory Support (PATSS)
- Plymouth Advisory Team for Sensory Support (PATSS) - Visual and Sight Impairments
- Glue ear
How to request support
To request support email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01752 668000 or complete the PATSS Request for Involvement Form.
Medical information is required which we use with a visual assessment (where relevant) and criteria from the National Sensory Impairment Partnership to decide on the level of support given.
This page is part of Plymouth's Local Offer.