The Hearing Support Service
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For children and young people 0-25 years
The Hearing Support Service (HSS)
The Hearing Support Service is a centrally funded service by Lambeth Council.
Who we are
Our Outreach team includes: 4 Peripatetic Teachers of the deaf, 1 Teacher of the deaf / Educational Audiologist and 2 Early Years Educators.
Resource Bases for hearing impaired children and young people
We have two resource basis in the borough - one for primary and one for secondary school.
Visit here for further information about Jubilee Primary Hearing Impairment Resource Base. Our Resource Base team includes: Lead teacher, 4 Specialist Teaching Assistants and a Deaf Mentor/Instructor.
Visit here for further information about Elmgreen Secondary Hearing Impairment Resource Base.
What we offer
Lambeth Hearing Support Service provides information, advice and support to children and young people aged 0 to 25 years who have been diagnosed with a hearing loss and are Lambeth residents or attend a Lambeth educational setting. We support both the parents and carers and the schools in the following areas:
Support for Parents / Carers in the Early Years
- Home visits are offered to the families of a child identified with a hearing loss to discuss the nature and degree of the hearing loss and the possible impact on language development and future management.
- We aim to empower parents/carers to take positive action for their deaf children.
- We offer Information and advice sessions, Family Signing sessions, and Family Social events.
- We link with other professionals including Speech and language therapists, Audiological services, Cochlear Implant Teams, Early Years Alliance and The Mary Sheridan Centre Paediatricians and therapists
- We remain in contact with parents / carers throughout their child's education.
- We support the child's inclusion into the community.
Support for schools
- We support inclusive education by providing a peripatetic service across Lambeth.
- We work with other professionals from educational, medical and social services to meet individual needs.
- We liaise with SENCOs and class teachers to provide information and guidance as well as to suggest strategies to ensure pupils have access to the curriculum and school environment.
- We monitor the child's communication and language development as well as their hearing aid/cochlear implant benefit and use in the educational setting.
- The service works closely with colleagues in the Health Authority to ensure optimum amplification. Hearing aid wearers and cochlear implant users have their equipment monitored on a regular basis by a Teacher of the Deaf. All hearing aid wearers are assessed for a personal FM Radio Aid system.
- We contribute to Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP) and annual reviews where appropriate.
- We support the social and emotional well-being of our pupils throughout their school career.
When to refer to us
Children and young people 0 – 25 years are referred to the Hearing Support Service by an Audiology Clinic once the hearing loss has been identified.
If there is a need to refer a child or young person to the service our referral form needs to be sent to us with the relevant hospital information confirming the hearing loss.
Please contact us for a referral form.
How to contact us
The Sensory Support Service
Parkhall Business Centre
40 Martell Road
Tel: 020 3567 0601