Multi-Sensory Impairment

What is MSI?

  • Multisensory Impairment (MSI) is used to describe anyone who has both a visual and hearing impairment, even if one is only a mild impairment. Sometimes the term ‘Deafblind’ is used to mean the same thing.
  • We work within the family home, early years’ settings and all schools and academies to take a collaborative approach with all professionals involved with the multi sensory impaired child soon after a medical diagnosis
  • North Tyneside Sensory Service employs fully qualified specialist teachers and support staff who have extensive knowledge and skills in working with children and young people with both a hearing and visual  impairment.

Our work can involve:-

  • Direct one to one specialist teaching
  • Provision of specialist learning support
  • Regular monitoring and evaluation of functional hearing and vision
  • Specialist training and support for schools and settings
  • Advice and application of specialist equipment
  • Environmental advice

Who can refer to North Tyneside Sensory Service?

We have an open referral policy, where anyone can make a referral including:

  • Parents/carers
  • Ophthalmology
  • ENT / Audiology
  • Nursery/Early Years settings
  • Schools and academies
  • Health visitors/social care