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Sense Children's Specialist Service

Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.  We provide tailored support, advice and information as well as specialist services to all deafblind people, their families, carers and professionals who work with them.  In addition, we support people who have a single sensory impairment with additional needs.

We provide a core offer of support to families that includes:

- We will get in touch within two working days from when you first contact Sense.

- You will meet a Sense specialist within eight weeks of first getting in touch with us.

- You will have your own identified worker.

- You will have the opportunity to attend at least one family event per year.

- We will keep in touch through an annual contact.

- You will have access to the information and advice service.

- We will offer you the chance to join Sense through our membership programme.

- We may work alongside your local authority to provide an individual service solution tailored to your needs.

This offer is provided through Sense's work as a charity.  

 

Children's Specialist Services can also offer other support at times of particular need, including:

- Help when your child is first diagnosed - including giving you practical ideas about how to develop your child's skills, and advice on suitable play activities.

- Assessments that look at your child as a whole - focusing on what your child can do and how that can be built upon.

- Extra support at times of crisis - such as when a family is under considerable strain.

- Support with significant periods of change for your child (transitions) - such as starting school and moving into adulthood.

- Resource libraries which lend sensory toys and equipment (nearest resource based in Market Deeping).

 

Whatever the challenge or need, we aim to support you when it matters most. Sense stays with an individual and their family for every step of the journey from birth to adulthood, and then on to older age.

 

Additional Family Days are also held at different venues within Suffolk.  

 

Sense also provide a range of training and consultancy services for professionals - http://www.sense.org.uk/content/training-and-consultancy-service

 

Who to contact

Name
Information and Advice
Telephone
0300 330 9256
Email
Diane.Gibling@sense.org.uk
Website
https://www.sense.org.uk/get-support/information-and-advice/
Social Media
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Where to go

Name
Manor Lodge
Address
72 Church Street
Market Deeping
Peterborough
Postcode
PE6 8AL
Area served
Suffolk
Notes

Our team is based in Market Deeping but our staff cover the whole of the Suffolk area. Our team conducts visits to family homes, local children's groups, schools and other locations as appropriate.

Days & Times

Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Other details

Cost Details
Some Sense services are provided charitably and are dependent on a family's need. We also work with a number of purchasers to provide a range of services responding to individual needs. They may be financed through a contract with a local authority or some form of individualized funding such as an individual / personal budget.
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

Referrals are welcomed from families or professionals (with families' permission).  They should go via our information line - info@sense.org.uk or 0300 330 9256 - who can put you in touch with our team quickly and easily.

Age Groups
Pre-school, 16-25 years, Children (5-11), Young people
Notes

Sense Children's Specialist Services support children and young people (ages 0-19 years) who have difficulties with sight and hearing, perhaps combined with learning and / or additional disabilities.  We also offer support to children who have medical conditions that are likely to cause problems with sight and hearing as they grow older - for example Usher Syndrome.  Sense can also offer advice to families of childen with a hearing or vision impairment combined with additional needs.

Last Updated
06/01/2020

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Sense Children's Specialist Services is a team of specialist advisory teachers, children's therapists and Children and Family Support Workers who have a wide experience of working with children who are deafblind / multi-sensory impaired.  Our extensive knowledge of multi-sensory impairments means we can focus on what the child can do and what they need to help them develop further. 

Links
http://www.sense.org.uk/content/local-offer-deafblind-children
Conditions Supported
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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