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Deaf and Hearing Impaired - Training

SEND Support Teaching Team: Deaf/Hearing Impaired, provide advice and training (where needed) as an integral part of meeting the individual needs of deaf children and young people in Cumbria. Via training we aim to raise capacity in schools and settings to promote the inclusion of deaf children in Cumbria, to enable them to achieve positive outcomes.

Training can be tailored to meet needs, depending on prior experience of supporting deaf children. This can be in 1-1 sessions with staff supporting deaf children, to whole - day courses on raising deaf awareness. SEND TST consider that a school/setting will require some basic training when a deaf children attends.

SEND TST training may cover:

  • what is deafness?,

  • practical audiology e.g. how to check hearing aids and radio aid,

  • how to support the development of language and listening,

  • how to maximise deaf friendly teaching strategies,

  • glue ear awareness,

  • using ICT to support learning.

Depending on need, some training would be provided as part of the child's support package and some training may be over and above this and need to be paid for. See "useful links" below, for Cumbria Traded Services up to date information.

The National Deaf Children's Society offers a range of training courses, resources and events for both families and professionals supporting deaf children. See "useful links" below.

Many of the hearing aid and Cochlear implant manufactures have useful online information that supports any training we may provide. The SEND specialist advisory teacher will be able to tailor this to your needs.

You may be interested in learning British Sign Language. Signature is the national awarding body for BSL qualifications. Follow the link below to help you find a course running near you. 

Sensory Training Resource for Mainstream Settings
As part of the NatSIP contract with the DfE, a 'mainstream training pack' has been developed.  This has now been published and is available from the NatSIP website.  The pack can be accessed here:

Useful Links

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