Children and young people with hearing, visual and multi-sensory impairment, physical impairments and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are supported in their early years in both their home and pre-school setting by the Specialist Inclusion Service. Support for school age children is provided through school and continues until the young person transfers to adult services.
Our experienced and qualified specialist teachers provide:
- direct support to children and young people to enable them to meet their educational needs and support their social and emotional development
- parents / carers and schools with training, advice and support at various educational and recreational settings
Children may also receive additional help from a support team of deaf instructors, educational interpreters, a communication and play therapist, habilitation specialists, specialist outreach workers, speech and language therapists, touch typing tutors, specialist resource technicians and multi-sensory support assistants.
For more information about the services we provide, see Specialist Inclusion Service - who we are
If a child or young person is unable to attend full time education in the usual way, then support is provided by the Medical Needs - Known Children Missing out on Education team - see Children with medical needs.
Multi-sensory support group
Every fortnight, on a Monday, a Multi-sensory support group is run for parents / carers of children with a hearing, visual or ASD impairment at King Cross Library. The group is held from 10.30 am to 12.00 pm, and gives the chance to have a coffee and a chat in a friendly environment.
You may also find these resources and websites useful:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
National Autistic Society
A charitable organisation which provides help, support and services to individual with autism and their families. The site also has information on Asperger syndrome;
Ambitious About Autism: The only charity for autism education
This site includes details of a national development team which promotes best practice in autism education;
A support and action group for people affected by autistic spectrum disorders.
National Deaf Children's Society
This site gives a range of information on all aspects of deafness, including family support groups, resources and publications;
Royal Association for Deaf People
This organisation strives to meet the individual needs of deaf children, and works with the deaf community, deaf clubs, individuals and parents of deaf children;
Ear Foundation - Charity Supporting Cochlear Implanted children
This charity supports and provides activities, courses and resources for deaf children, their families and supporting professionals;
Deafsign.com-resource for deafness and sign language
This site includes comprehensive, free up to date information for those with hearing loss.
Scope covers several different disabilities, including cerebral palsy. Their Trendsetters project provides information by disabled young people for disabled young people aged 10 to 18, plus there is advice and support for parents and carers;
Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH)
North and West Yorkshire Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus provides ongoing support for children and adults with spina bifida and / or hydrocephalus and their families and carers in Yorkshire;
This is a national charity working exclusively for children and young people aged 25 years and under. They aim to improve the lives of children and young peoples so that they can fulfill their potential, and enjoy the best quality of life.
Blind Children UK
This charity provides information, advice, support and services to blind and partially sighted children, plus help for families, carers and professionals (formerly called National Blind Children's Society);
The Royal National Institute of Blind people is a charity providing a range of information for blind or partially sighted people;
The web site for the National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired children, providing help, support and services for visually impaired children and their parents and carers;
The UK's largest organisation for children and adults who are deafblind or have associated disabilities.