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CHILDREN, SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES DEPARTMENT PUTTING YOU FIRST Merton’s Service for Children with Hearing Impairment. Policy Audiology. Merton Service for Children with Hearing Impairment Policy: Audiology Children and young people with hearing impairment on the Merton database, some of whom may be identified in the first year of birth as a result of newborn hearing screening, will have varying degrees of hearing loss and some have additional educational needs. In order that they may remain at home within their local community, these children and young people will attend a variety of educational placements including local pre-school groups, nurseries, schools and local special schools. Occasionally they will attend out of borough specialist schools. Children are also visited in the home. All of these children have the right to appropriate audiological management by a qualified teacher of hearing impaired children who has knowledge skills and understanding of Audiology and who works as part of a multi agency team with health personnel and Audiology staff. Aims of the policy To ensure that children and young people in Merton have access to qualified teachers of hearing impaired children who will carry out appropriate Audio logical procedures, thus allowing access to the curriculum and the essential early development of communication skills. To empower children, families and other professionals working with the child to understand and manage the impact of hearing impairment on the child's development. To ensure children and hearing impaired young people have access to and use fully functioning Audiological equipment suitable to their needs. Content and procedure To achieve the above, teachers of children with hearing impairment will work in a variety of ways to make best use of equipment and resources provided by the London Borough of Merton. They will carry out assessments and checking routines on equipment used by individuals, discuss and train parents and educational personnel and communicate and write reports to health personnel. Teachers of children with hearing impairment in Merton have a range of protocols and procedures. They include: Interpretation and explanation of audiometric data and results to educational personnel, parents and children. Regular subjective checking of amplification systems and knowledge of suitable equipment for particular children. Regular use of test box for checking the electro-acoustic characteristics of hearing instruments and balancing systems, interpreting and acting on findings. Management of hearing instruments and related equipment and encouraging child and family independence. Evaluation of amplification systems and functional use of hearing resources including speech discrimination and use of sound level meter. Observation of responses to sounds including environmental. Gaining information from behavioral and objective hearing assessment depending on the developmental age of the child. Arrangement of the fitting of FM systems and environmental aids using the Merton guidelines on candidacy and maintenance. Evaluation of the child's acoustic environment. Liaison with and collaboration with the visiting technical support staff. Keeping a supply of spare consumable items e.g. audio shoes, audio input leads. Keeping up to date with developments in Audiology. Sharing of information with other professionals and parents in order that multi agency work is effective and informed. Training opportunities Teachers of children with hearing impairment attend local In-service Training (INSET) identified in individual Continuous Professional Development (CPD) forms. Attendance at training offered through Department for (Children Schools and Families) CFS, national initiatives, professional associations and Audiological manufacturers is encouraged. This policy contributes to the council's implementation of the following legal and/or strategic frameworks: - Merton's Children and Young People Plan - http://www.merton.gov.uk/council/plansandpolicies/cypplan.htm - Every Child Matters: Change for children (2004) - Children Act 2004. - Merton's Corporate Equalities Scheme 2006-9. - Aiming High for Disabled Children: Better support for families (2007) - Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as amended in 2005, Disability Equality Duty (2005) - Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 - SEN Code of Practice 2001 Based on Quality Standards for the use of FM Systems NDCS 2008 Liz de Freitas Manager Sensory Team Kaye Beeson Manager SEN and Inclusion Service July 2009 To be reviewed 2012 For additional information or if you would like this document made available in another language please contact Liz de Freitas 0208 545 4824.
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