This book provides a quick and easy reference guide to different types of sensory impairment, including causes, symptoms and the implications on teaching and learning. With most children and young people with hearing or visual impairments attending mainstream schools, this book explains the most effective and practical strategies for use in mainstream classrooms. Fully up to date with the 2014 SEND Code of Practice, this accessible resource is split into two sections: Supporting Children with a Hearing Impairment and Supporting Children with a Visual Impairment. The wide-ranging chapters include:

  • Educational access for pupils with hearing loss
  • Teaching phonics
  • Teaching deaf pupils with English as a second language
  • Identifying children with visual impairment
  • Classroom management
  • Adapting resources

This practical text provides strategies to use in schools to ensure that children with sensory impairments are fully supported. Featuring useful checklist and photocopiable resouces, it contains a wealth of valuable advice and tried-and-tested strategies for teachers and support staff working in early years settings, schools, academies and colleges.

part A|44 pages

Supporting children with a hearing impairment

chapter 1|2 pages

What is deafness?

chapter 2|1 pages

Causes of deafness

chapter 3|7 pages

Levels of deafness

chapter 4|2 pages

Auditory neuropathy (spectrum disorder)

chapter 5|1 pages

Newborn hearing screening

chapter 6|2 pages

Early support

chapter 7|1 pages

Communication approaches

chapter 8|4 pages

Assistive devices

chapter 9|3 pages

Involvement of services

chapter 10|1 pages

Emotional implications of deafness

chapter 12|2 pages

Teaching phonics to deaf pupils

chapter 13|2 pages

Teaching modern foreign languages (MFL)

chapter 14|1 pages

Teaching music

chapter 16|1 pages

Part A resources

chapter A.1|1 pages

Pupil observation form

chapter A.2|2 pages

Pupil access evaluation form

chapter A.3|3 pages

Improving room acoustics

part B|43 pages

Supporting children with a visual impairment

chapter 17|1 pages


chapter 18|1 pages

What is visual impairment (VI)?

chapter 19|1 pages

Types of impairment

chapter 23|2 pages

The early years

chapter 24|2 pages

Specific areas of learning

chapter 25|1 pages

The school environment

chapter 26|2 pages


chapter 27|1 pages

The primary phase

chapter 28|1 pages

Classroom management

chapter 29|1 pages

Reading and writing

chapter 30|2 pages

Modifying print

chapter 31|1 pages

Adapting resources

chapter 32|1 pages

Practical lessons

chapter 33|1 pages


chapter 34|4 pages

Specialist equipment

chapter 35|2 pages

Social skills

chapter 36|1 pages


chapter 37|1 pages

The secondary phase

chapter 38|1 pages

Ways for teacher's aides to support pupils

chapter 39|1 pages

Modification and curriculum access

chapter 40|1 pages


chapter 41|2 pages


chapter 42|1 pages

Part B glossary

chapter 43|1 pages

Part B resources

chapter B.1|1 pages

School audit for VI access