Assessment tools

Deaf* children in Cumbria will have been diagnosed via the Health Service. SEND Teaching Support Team (SEND TST) do not diagnose hearing loss. If you have any concerns about a child's hearing please let the parent /carer know and they can contact their GP.

Both audiological assessment and the assessment of deaf children's language and listening development are important to monitor. This is a shared role between Parents/Carers, SEND TST, Audiology and the school/setting. It is also important to assess the listening environment that the child is in to ensure that the impact of background noise and reverberation is minimised.


Audiological Assessment

For more information on this subject SEND TST recommend that you access the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) booklet "Understanding Your Child's Hearing Loss". This free booklet explains the different types and levels of deafness and includes information on the variety of hearing tests that can be carried out to check a child's hearing. It explains about the ear and how it works, different types of deafness, and audiograms. It also includes information on the different medical tests or investigations that are used to help diagnose the cause of permanent deafness. This booklet is also available in Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi and Welsh. To access this,see "useful links" below.


Language and Listening Assessments

The Early Support Monitoring protocol for deaf babies and children was devised to help families of deaf children (and the professionals that support them) document the progress that children make in the first three years or so after deafness has been identified. To access this document, see "useful  links" below.

Assessments by the SEND TST may include some standardized tests, non- standardised tests and observation. This can be to obtain baseline information, monitor progress over time, identify if there is a difference or delay in development, provide evidence and information to inform appropriate use of teaching and learning strategies and to inform future planning. See SEND TST Assessment Policy and guidelines on assessment and recording attainment in  "key documents" below.

Also, for more information on assessments used, see ear foundation link in "useful links" below.

SEND TST may also assess speech discrimination to see if the child/young person would benefit from radio aid system. The specialist teacher will be able to explain this to you.

Early years settings, primary schools, secondary schools and further education placements will all be expected to assess and monitor progress in line with National Government polices, as an integral part of learning. This applies to all deaf children.


Assessing the listening environment of the child

A specialist advisory teacher D/HI from SEND TST will be able to advise on this. We would recommend downloading The NDCS "Acoustic toolkit" which is designed to help schools improve acoustic conditions for deaf children. See useful links below.

The National Deaf Children's Society, in collaboration with the Ear Foundation and with support from the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) has produced a new online resource to support professionals in assessing and monitoring the progress of deaf young people in communication, language and listening. The resource has been produced with funding from the Department for Education in England. This is downloadable via the National deaf children's society.

See "useful links" below.

Useful Links

Key documents

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