As teachers of the deaf we are members of the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service (STAS) which is part Hampshire County Council Children’s Services. All the teachers of the deaf in STAS are qualified teachers who hold the additional, mandatory qualification for teaching deaf children.
We currently work with children from diagnosis until they leave further education, covering the age range of 0-19 years.
In addition to the Specialist Teacher Advisers for hearing impairment (STAHI) we have three Early Years Deaf Instructors who work with our preschool families who choose to use sign language with their babies/children.
STAS work out of three local education offices in Hampshire: Winchester, Basingstoke and Havant. Our service is available to children and young people, families and carers, preschools and nurseries, schools and colleges.
- early intervention and support services
- contributions to statutory assessment
- training and support in educational settings that includes: curriculum access, support strategies, communication needs, resources and equipment –including Radio Aids and deaf awareness training for staff and peers
- formal assessment and reporting
- informal assessments, including classroom observation and feedback
- contributions to home/school liaison
The Winchester based STAHI team supports children diagnosed at Salisbury.
Specialist Teacher Advisory Service (HI)
All new referrals from Salisbury should be sent to:
Children’s Services Department
Winchester Local Office
Tele: 01962 876345
Fax: 01962 840668
What is this?
The Wiltshire Sensory Impairment Service supports sensory impaired children and young people aged 0-19 yrs living within Wiltshire. It provides specialist assessment, advice and support for schools, settings, parents and carers. The Service consists of Advisory Teachers for Hearing Impairment (also known as Teachers of the Deaf), Advisory Teachers for Visual Impairment and Specialist Teaching Assistants. The service also provides a commissioned service for mobility and rehabilitation support for visually impaired children and young people. The service supports schools and settings to include sensory impaired children and young people by giving advice and training on making the curriculum accessible and providing loan equipment. The service maintains strong links with the medical professionals who refer children to the service from the local and National hospitals. It also participates in the National New Born Hearing Screening programme with babies referred to the service on diagnosis.
Who is it for?
Children and young people from birth to 19 years who have a sensory impairment.
How can I access this?
Children and young people are referred to the service from the medical professionals. These are Audiologists, Ophthalmologists, ENT specialists, Orthoptists and Paediatricians.
Wiltshire TOD’s - Contact Details
Targeted Schools and Learning Area Office
Tel: 01225 718095