Through specialist teaching and support, IPaSS promotes greater inclusion, increased independence, equal access to the curriculum and improved educational outcomes.

Supporting Children and Young People with Hearing Impairment in Educational Establishments

Information for Educational Establishments - An Introduction to Hearing Impairment

There are different types and degrees of hearing loss:
  • Any hearing impairment is likely to have an impact on speech and language development, literacy skills, social communication and emotional development
  • Under Newborn Hearing Screening Programme(NHSP), hearing loss is identified early. Following diagnosis IPaSS (HI) become involved with the child and family. Close liaison with colleagues in the Audiology Dept within the Health Authority, continues through childhood.

The type and level of support required will depend on each individual child's needs.

Level of Need Description
Support Plus HIGH LEVEL OF SUPPORT - hearing aid wearers
(Can be within Resource Base, Local school, Special school)
Local school (or home if Early Years) - Teacher of the Deaf visiting weekly, may include additional IPaSS Specialist Teaching Assistant support.
Reports termly
Support MEDIUM LEVEL OF SUPPORT- hearing aid wearers
School age - Teacher of the Deaf weekly support
Early Years - Weekly/Fortnightly in home or nursery
May have blocks of intensive support and access to monthly Pre School Music Group
Reports termly
Monitor LOWER LEVEL OF SUPPORT- hearing aid wearers School age - Up to 3 visits annually, usually once a term.
Early Years - Monthly in home or nursery
Additional visits for trouble shooting may be required
Reports termly, or for school age, following visit.
Advice ADVICE ON REQUEST - non hearing aid wearers
Annually, school and parents will be sent information on the child or young person's hearing loss and information on IPaSS contact details.
Advice/audiological assessment can be requested if there are any concerns.
A report would be following any requested visit.