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Sense Children's Specialist Service

Description

Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. We provide tailored support, advice and information as well as specialist services to all deafblind people, their families, carers and professionals who work with them. In addition, we support people who have a single sensory impairment with additional needs.

Our core offer of support
In order to be clear and open about the support we can provide to families we have developed a core offer of support which is available to all children and young people:

  • We will get in touch within two working days from when you first contact Sense
  • You will meet a Sense specialist within eight weeks of first getting in touch with us
  • You will have your own identified worker
  • You will have the opportunity to attend at least one family event per year
  • We will keep in touch through an annual contact
  • You will have access to the information and advice service
  • We will offer you the chance to join Sense through our membership programme
  • An outcome of Sense supporting you may involve our working alongside your local authority to provide an individual service solution tailored to your needs.
  • This offer is provided through Sense's work as a charity.

Children's Specialist Service can also offer other support at times of particular need, including:

  • Help when your child is first diagnosed - including giving you practical ideas about how to develop your child's skills, and advice on suitable play activities.
  • Assessments that look at your child as a whole - which focus on what your child can do
  • Extra support at times of crisis - such as when a family is under considerable strain.
  • Support with significant periods of change for your child (transitions) - such as starting school and moving into adulthood.
  • Resource libraries which lend sensory toys and equipment (nearest resource based in Market Deeping).
  • The support offered in this way will be time limited, depending on the level of family need.

Our aim is to always start with what a child is able to do and then look at how that can be built on. When we support a family we begin by finding out what their key issues are and work in partnership with the family (and other professionals) to help resolve these.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Information and advice
Telephone
0300 330 9256
0300 3309256
E-mail
info@sense.org.uk
Website
www.sense.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Pemberton House
Address
122 Westgate
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
Postcode
WF1 1XP
Notes

Our team is based in Wakefield but our staff cover the whole of the Sheffield area.  Our team conducts visits to family homes, local children's groups, schools and other locations as appropriate.

 

 


When is it on?

Time / Date Details
9-5pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Session Information
Weekend family events every 6 weeks

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Yes
Cater for special dietary requirements
Yes
Supports special needs and disabilities
Yes
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Yes

Other Details

Costs

Details
Some services are provided charitably and are dependent on a families need. Sense works with a number of purchasers to provide a range of services responding to individual needs. They may be financed through a contract with a local authority or some form of individualised funding such as an individual/personal budget.
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referrals are welcomed from families or professionals (with families permission).  They should go via our information line - info@sense.org.uk or 0300 330 9256 - who can put you in touch with our team quickly and easily.

Notes

When we talk about deafblind children we mean those who have difficulties with sight and hearing, and sometimes learning or additional disabilities.   We also mean children who have medical conditions that are likely to cause problems with sight and hearing as they grow older e.g. Usher Syndrome. In addition Sense can offer advice and support to families of children with a hearing or vision impairment combined with additional needs.


Local Offer

Description

Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.  We provide tailored support, advice and information as well as specialist services to all deafblind people, their families, carers and professionals who work with them.  In addition, we support people who have a single sensory impairment with additional needs.

 

Contact Name
Sense Children's Specialist Service - Infomation and Advice
Contact Telephone
0300 330 9256
Contact Email
info@sense.org.uk

General Extended Local Offer Response

Eligibility criteria for your service and any priority groups 

When we talk about deafblind children we mean those who have difficulties with sight and hearing, and sometimes learning or additional disabilities. We also mean children who have medical conditions that are likely to cause problems with sight and hearing as they grow older e.g. Usher Syndrome. In addition Sense can offer advice and support to families of children with a hearing or vision impairment combined with additional needs.

Do you operate a waiting list? 
No
Waiting list details 

 

As part of our core offer  we will get in touch within two working days from when you first contact Sense and you will meet a Sense specialist within eight weeks of first getting in touch with us.

 

Staffing arrangements details 

 

Sense Children's Specialist Services is a team of specialist advisory teachers, children's therapists and Children and Family Support Workers who have a wide experience of working with children who are deafblind/multi-sensory impaired.  Our extensive knowledge of multi-sensory impairments means we can focus on what the child can do and what they need to help them develop further.  

 

Staff training to support children/young people with SEND 

 

All our Consultant teachers have a specialist MSI qualification in addition to a range of other qualifications including Teacher of the Deaf, Mobility specialist, counselling qualifications. Our Children and Family Support Workers have a range of qualifications including specialist MSI qualification, intervener course and rebound therapy.

All our team regularly attend safeguarding training and have current paediatric first aid qualifications.

 

The team also has two Speech and Language Therapists who support the team nationally.

How do you communicate with your service users? 
Directly with parents/carers
Communicating with service users details 

 

We regularly ask families to help us evaluate our services.  There is a formal evaluation process involved with our packages of support and family days.  All members of our team have qualifications in BSL.  We already work with a number of families whose first language is not English.  We have had our leaflets translated into a number of languages based on the needs of our families.  We have also used interpreters to help us hold meetings with families.

 

 We work very closely with families and often demonstrate approaches to play or communication that we think would work well for a child.  During assessments we ensure that the parent's views and knowledge of their child are taken into account and that they know where their child's skills lie and how best to develop these.


Last Updated
12/04/2019
Keywords
Sense, deafblind, deaf, blind, support, advice, information, support, SEN
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