Hearing Impaired (STARS)

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STARS Sensory Support Service is funded by the council to provide support for leaners who have been diagnosed with hearing loss – sometimes referred to as a hearing impairment or deafness. We aim to ensure that all deaf/Deaf learners reach their academic potential, and are active members of society.

Early identification of need and effective early intervention provide leaners with the best opportunity to reach their full potential. STARS staff help learners, their parents, and adults who work with the learner to understand the hearing loss identified, and how it may affect the learner’s day to day life, both at home and at school. Staff are specifically trained to support learners with hearing loss. A learner on our caseload may receive support through interventions for; management of hearing devices and Radio Aid systems, language acquisition, developing listening skills, developing language skills, audiological skills and knowledge and, development of Theory of Mind (ToM).

STARS staff are qualified teachers who have are specially trained in working with children who have an educationally significant hearing loss, Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, or MSI (multi-sensory impairment) that has been confirmed by a qualified paediatric audiologist or ENT consultant. It provides support for learners from birth up to the age of 25.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ruth Crosby-Stewart
Contact Position
Interim Head of Service
Telephone
01642 354354 / SMS: 07825358104 01642 354354 / SMS: 07825358104
E-mail
admin_Stars@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Website
Hearing Impaired Service on Middlesbrough Council website
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Notes

FAX: 01642 354356

SMS: 07825358104

Where to go

Name
Sensory Support Centre
Address
Whinney Banks Primary School
Fakenham Avenue
Middlesbrough
Postcode
TS5 4QQ
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Notes

Our offices are up a flight of stairs, and are not wheelchair accessible. An alternative venue can be arranged for a meeting if required.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm during School Term Times (Office not staffed on Friday afternoons)

Availability

Referral required
Referral Details

The Service accepts referrals from ENT consultants and paediatric audiologists. Parents and schools that have concerns about a child's hearing are advised that the child should visit their GP to discuss a referral to ENT/Audiology. The Service is able to provide informal advice to parents and schools at this stage.

ENT consultants and paediatric audiologists refer children to the Service who they consider to have an educationally significant hearing loss. Such children have a

  • Confirmed sensorineural hearing loss
  • Persistent bilateral conductive hearing loss, which is not being treated surgically
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

ENT consultants and paediatric audiologists refer children to the Service who they consider to have an educationally significant hearing loss. Such children have a

  • Confirmed sensorineural hearing loss
  • Persistent bilateral conductive hearing loss, which is not being treated surgically
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

Children with the following hearing difficulties would not routinely be referred:

  • Unilateral conductive losses
  • Intermittent conductive losses
  • Persistent bilateral losses due to be treated surgically.

Following the initial assessment visit by a Teacher of the Deaf, a decision will be made whether or not it is appropriate for the child to be placed on the Service caseload. At this stage advice/INSET is freely available to schools.

Other notes

British Sign Language BSL

Families with deaf/Deaf babies are supported to access BSL. Families can request this by contacting the Head of Service or contacting their Teacher of the Deaf.

Assistive Technology

A central budget held by STARS is used to fund equipment. All children are assessed at least annually to verify hearing aid settings and to determine functional hearing (how well the learner is able to listen). Providing a set of criteria is met, all hearing aid/cochlear implant users are considered to be possible candidates for a trial of an additional assistive device also known as a Radio Aid, These systems are issued to schools free of charge, and maintained by the STARS Sensory Support Service. Technology is updated regularly by the Service. Schools and parents are able to request an assessment for equipment by contacting the STARS Service.

Leaners on the caseload may also receive input form and Educational Audiologist and/or the Audiology Assistant.

Local Offer

Description
  • Ensure that the audiological requirements of the pupil are met
  • Work in co-production with parents, teachers, support staff and all other relevant agencies to ensure that learners with a hearing loss are fully included, have full access to a broad and balanced curriculum and reach their full potential
  • Promote effective communication
  • Ensure understanding and acceptance of deaf/Deaf identity
  • Advise on appropriate special arrangements for formal and informal examinations and assessments including SATs and GCSE exams etc
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers so they can play an active role in their child's development
  • Promote a positive inclusive attitude towards deafness to insure deaf/Deaf learners have the confidence to reach their full potential
  • Ensure that the audiological requirements of the pupil are met
  • Work in co-production with parents, teachers, support staff and all other relevant agencies to ensure that learners with a hearing loss are fully included, have full access to a broad and balanced curriculum and reach their full potential
  • Promote effective communication
  • Ensure understanding and acceptance of deaf/Deaf identity
  • Advise on appropriate special arrangements for formal and informal examinations and assessments including SATs and GCSE exams etc
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers so they can play an active role in their child's development
  • Promote a positive inclusive attitude towards deafness to insure deaf/Deaf learners have the confidence to reach their full potential
Contact Name
Ruth Crosby-Stewart
Contact Telephone
01642 354354
Contact Email
Admin_STARS@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
5 -11 Years
11 -16 Years
16 -19 Years
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

Page last reviewed: 22/12/2021

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