Sense Specialist Services for Children and Young People
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.
In order to be clear and open about the support we can provide to families we have developed a core offer of support which is available to all children and young people:
- 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
- An outcome of Sense supporting you may involve our working 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.
Sense Specialist Service 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 - which focus on what your child can do.
- 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 Wakefield).
The support offered in this way will be time limited, depending on the level of family need.
Our aim is to always start with what a child is able to do and then look at how that can be built on. When we support a family we begin by finding out what their key issues are and work in partnership with the family (and other professionals) to help resolve these.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Pemberton House
- WF1 1XP
Our team is based in Wakefield but our staff cover the whole of the Lancashire area. Our team conducts visits to family homes, local children's groups, schools and other locations as appropriate.
- Referral required
- Referral Details
Referrals are welcomed from families or professionals (with families permission). They should go via our information line - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 330 9256 - who can put you in touch with our team quickly and easily.
- Other notes
When we talk about deafblind children we mean those who have difficulties with sight and hearing, and sometimes learning or additional disabilities. We also mean children who have medical conditions that are likely to cause problems with sight and hearing as they grow older e.g. Usher Syndrome. In addition Sense can offer advice and support to families of children with a hearing or vision impairment combined with additional needs.