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Sensory Support Team (SST)

The West Sussex Sensory Support Team works directly with children and their families, pre-schools and schools to support and promote the inclusion of children with a diagnosed visual impairment, hearing impairment or physical disability.

New referrals should be made to either the Lead Qualified Teacher for Vision Impairment/ Multi-Sensory Impairment/Physical Disabilities or the Lead Qualified Teacher of the Deaf via the Sensory Support Team email ([email protected]) or via telephone  (01903-270430).

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What we do

  • Support and promote the inclusion of children and young people with a diagnosed vision impairment and hearing loss/deafness at home, in early years setting and maintained schools.
  • Support and promote the inclusion of children and young people with a physical disability and maintained schools.
  • Liaise closely with colleagues from Health and Social Care to ensure a joined-up approach.
  • Provide specialist advice and reports for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments.
  • Provide specialist, advice, training and support to maintained schools through carrying out specialist functional assessments that inform our work.
  • Support transitions.

Our users say:

“Parents are called within 24 hours of diagnosis which is fantastic. I had a call the evening we got our son’s diagnosis and the sheer relief of knowing someone was there all ready to support us was invaluable”