KidsAudiologist

Hearing tests for children in special schools

Posted on: January 26, 2020

Can you help us by sharing your views?

The NHS in England has made a commitment to introduce new services for hearing care, eye care, and dental health for children and young people who attend residential special schools.

And the NHS has asked NDCS to develop information leaflets about hearing care for parents and carers that accompany this project.

Why is this new NHS project important?

  • Children with autism, a learning disability or both have a right to be able to access high quality care for their ears and hearing no matter where they go to school.
  • We know that children with autism, a learning disability or both are more likely to have difficulties with their hearing than their non-disabled peers.
  • Hearing is not only important in speech development and learning, hearing also connects us to our environment. For example, being able to hear and understand our environment, such as hearing footsteps coming or hearing music.
  • But we know that hearing difficulties are often unrecognised or undiagnosed because behaviours associated with hearing difficulty may be thought of as being part of the child’s personality, physical or learning difficulties, or complex needs.
  • And children often don’t have access to an audiology (hearing) clinic because there isn’t a suitable service that is nearby to attend, because hearing difficulties are not considered a priority for the child because of other more pressing health needs, or because those people working with or caring for the child believe that it is not possible for their child to have their hearing assessed.

By sharing your views you can help us develop accessible information for all parents and carers to help them understand why this work is happening, why it matters and how they can help their children to access these services.

We would like to hear more about your personal experiences of hearing tests and what you feel you would have found useful to have known beforehand. Or if your child has never had a hearing test, why this is the case and if you have any views are on what information you would need to help you access the hearing clinic. Please let us know by completing this 10 minute questionnaire

If you would prefer, I would be happy to organise a time to talk to you in person, by phone or by Skype. Please contact me at NDCS:

Vicki Kirwin
Senior Policy Adviser
Direct dial: 023 8065 2735
Email: vicki . kirwin @ ndcs . org . uk

All your feedback will be used confidentially unless you specifically give us permission otherwise. And once the project is finished we will ensure that you receive a copy and are told how your views and feedback was used.

Thank you!

 

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