The LHSS will support children & young people with a permanent sensory neural or long standing conductive hearing loss/deafness. Support will be provided in homes and educational placements.
Diagnosis and assessment
All babies are given hearing tests at birth and the hospital will refer to LHSS if a hearing loss/deafness is detected.
If you think your child might have a hearing problem, speak to:
- your health visitor – if your child doesn’t go to school yet
- your doctor (GP)
- the school nurse at your child’s school or your child’s teacher.
They will arrange a hearing test for your child.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. If your child has permanent hearing loss/deafness
- 2. Support for your child and/or young person from LHSS
- 3. Contact us
1. If your child has permanent hearing loss/deafness
If the hearing tests show that your child has permanent sensory neural or long standing hearing loss/deafness, they’ll be referred to Lambeth Hearing Support Service.
An educational audiologist from our Hearing Support Service will work closely with a paediatric audiologist in the NHS.
The NHS paediatric audiologist will:
- Assess hearing levels
- Fit hearing aids
- Help your child to use their hearing aids or cochlear implants.
Our educational audiologist:
- will assess your child's hearing levels to understand what help they need to hear better at school and home
- may offer radio systems or other listening devices at your child’s nursery or school.
2. Support for your child and/or young person from LHSS
Children & Young People
- To understand and accept their hearing loss/deafness.
- Maintenance of assistive technologies and promote their good use.
- Support, develop and monitor listening skills, language and learning.
- Provide opportunities to meet deaf peers and other role models.
- To support your child's social and emotional wellbeing enabling them to become confident independent individuals.
Families & Carers
- Advice and information on the child or young person’s sensory impairment and its implications.
- Advice and information on assistive technologies.
- Parent groups to provide opportunities to meet other families with their deaf child.
- Provide advice, support and information on audiology, language development & communication choices for example, use of British Sign Language.
- Promote language development to ensure good communication and interaction.
- Support and advice on statutory assessment.
- Advice and points for consideration in choosing appropriate educational placements.
- Liaison with other professionals in education, health, social care and voluntary organisations.
Settings & Schools
- Provide training, advice and support to staff on enabling access to the national curriculum and inclusion in all aspects of school life.
- Track and monitor listening, language and learning.
- Checking and monitoring the use of technologies in schools and settings.
- Advice on room acoustics and help in developing a good listening environment.
- support for the child’s or young person’s transition to playgroups, early years, schools and post 16 settings.
- Home/school liaison.
3. Contact us
Lambeth Sensory Support Service
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Education learning and Skills
6 Brixton Hill
Telephone: 020 7926 9061 Email: HIadmin@lambeth.gov.uk
Lambeth Hearing Support Service
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734