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Guide: Supporting children with visual and sensory impairment

The assessment process

As soon as we have agreed to do an assessment, we will contact you (as parent/carers) to start the assessment process.

To help us understand your child’s needs, we will get to know you and your child. This will include observing your child and areas of difficulty.

We’ll also discuss concerns and progress during our assessment.

We will work with you, your child and, wherever possible and appropriate, other professionals to gather information to help us understand and identify your child’s visual or multisensory needs, and whether habilitation and rehabilitation could support them.

With your permission, and in order to fully see the benefits of working together, we will work with other professional teams across health, education and social care.

We will identify the training recommended to support your child’s independence and learning of life skills.

The ROVIC Service will agree a workable training programme with you and your child. This can include other settings such as education and clubs.

At the end of a training programme, we often recommend a time of ‘consolidation’. This means a time to practice and perfect those newly learnt skills.

We also know that throughout childhood the need for independence and inclusion can change. Therefore, we will support the development of childhood and transition skills based on your child’s visual needs.