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Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Multi-sensory impairment

Whether you are a parent, education staff or carer, do you need ideas about resources to support sensory impaired children and young people’s development and learning?

We can help you with handy ideas, tips and resources that support your child or young person as they grow and learn or signpost you to organisations that can help. Creating accessible materials encourages independent learning.

Examples of resources are:

  • listening boxes for Deaf and hearing impaired children
  • large print, braille or tactile resources for visually impaired children and young people
  • sensory ideas to support multi-sensory impaired children and young people

How we support parents, carers and young people

Our team supports multi-sensory impaired children and young people in early years settings, schools and in further education settings.

A child who is multi-sensory impaired has a clinical diagnosis of both a visual and hearing impairment and may also be identified as Deafblind.

What does our service offer?

Our team offers advice and guidance, appropriate for your child’s age and needs (in line with the Code of Practice). For example, we can:

  • help families and schools understand the diagnosis and implications of multi-sensory impairment
  • carry out educational multi-sensory impairment assessments to support access to education
  • advise schools and settings on strategies for curriculum access that promote independent learning
  • liaise and work with other professionals involved with your child including teachers of the deaf, qualified teacher of the visually impaired, speech and language specialists and multi-sensory workers

For pre-school children we can:

  • provide direct support to young children and their parents or carers and preschool staff as the transition into education starts
  • offer support on how to create a learning environment that meets the unique needs of the child
  • provide ideas on which learning and play techniques allow your child to develop
  • support and advise on the development of appropriate communication strategies in liaison with speech and language specialists and teachers of the deaf

For schools and colleges we can:

  • offer advice in mainstream and special school settings on strategies for appropriate curriculum access which helps develop independent learning
  • offer advice to teachers and support staff on how to adapt teaching strategies and learning materials
  • advise on access arrangements for tests and exams
  • provide appropriate training for staff to raise awareness of multi-sensory impairment
  • model good practice to school staff


We offer awareness-raising training, transfer of information and ensure that specialist equipment is in place in the new setting before your child starts.


Devon Education Services offers training courses for parents, teachers, teaching assistants and other professionals.

Sensory impairment training

Contact us

Call the Multi-Sensory Impairment Team on 01392 287239.
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We look forward to hearing from you!


Devon Graduated Response

The Graduated Response Tool has been developed to support Devon schools. The tool outlines some of the practices and adaptations that are part and parcel of Quality First Teaching (QFT): the inclusion of all pupils in high-quality everyday personalised teaching.
Devon Graduated Response

Accessing support

Schools wishing to access SEND support should complete the Request for Access form.
Request for Access