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 View our range of resources for audiologists and other health professionals on supporting deaf children.

Hearing care for children with a learning disability, autism or both

NHS England have worked with the National Deaf Children’s Society, SeeAbility, and Contact to produce a series of three guides for families on hearing checks, eye checks and dental checks for children with a learning disability, autism or both. The NHS Long Term Plan aims to improve children’s health by making sure they get the right health checks at the right time. The guides are written for families to help explain why these health checks are important, how they are done, how to access them and how they can prepare their child for the checks. 

Download A Parents’ Guide to hearing care for children with a learning disability, autism or both

Download A Parents’ Guide to eye care for children with a learning disability, autism or both

Visit SeeAbility. They provide specialist support, accommodation and eye care help for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss.

Download A Parents’ Guide to oral health and dental care for children with a learning disability, autism or both

Visit Contact. A website for families with disabled children.

Find out more about NHS plans to improve services for children with learning disabilities, autism or both. 

Find out more about eye, dental and hearing checks in special residential schools.

Reports on paediatric audiology

Read the results of our surveys to children's audiology services on the support they provide to deaf children and their families. 

Read our reports on paediatric audiology

Children's Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWGs)

In 2019 NHS England and NHS Improvement published new Guidance for Children’s Hearing Services Working Groups (CHSWGs). This guidance was written by us with the involvement of families from across England.

We have also developed an audit tool to help them monitor how well they are doing implementing the new guidance. Download both documents below. 

What Works CHSWG Guide

CHSWG Audit Tool

Lessons from IQIPS accredited paediatric audiology services

In November 2015 we interviewed 10 audiology services in England that have achieved IQIPS (Improving Quality in Physiological Services) accreditation and asked them about their experiences. The booklet gives an insight into the accreditation process, tips and advice for services thinking about starting IQIPS accreditation, and what they felt the benefits were of accreditation to their service.

Download 'Lessons from accredited paediatric audiology services'

Writing reports for non-specialist audiences

We’ve produced guidance for audiologists who write reports for external agencies about the needs of individual deaf children. This includes reports to inform Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, as well as assessments for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Download 'Writing reports for non-specialist audiences'

My Life, My Health

The My Life, My Health campaign, developed by our Young People's Advisory Board, aims to improve deaf young people's experiences of health services. A range of resources were developed for the campaign including:

Transition to adult hearing services: briefing

Our briefing provides an introduction to some of the issues and challenges that deaf young people face in moving to adult hearing services. It will be helpful to all practitioners working with deaf young people. 

Download the 'Transition to adult hearing services' briefing

Commissioning guidance: audiology transitions

We’ve produced guidance for those responsible for commissioning audiology services for teenagers and young adults. It highlights the key differences between paediatric and adult audiology care, and the main challenges deaf young people meet when transitioning between services.

Download 'Commissioning audiology services for young adults'

Information for Health Visitors

We worked with the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) to create two factsheets which set out good practice on working with families where hearing loss is a) suspected or b) confirmed. These factsheets can be downloaded from the IHV website:

The Institute of Health Visiting have also produced factsheets to share with parents:

Speech and language therapy services – resources for commissioners

Resources produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Separately, the Royal College has worked with BATOD to produce new guidance on collaborative working.

Over to you project

Over to you was a Department of Health funded project that aimed to improve and record deaf children and young people’s experiences of audiology services.

Download the 'Over to you' report

Other health resources

Resources produced by other organisations for audiologists and other health professionals working with deaf children.

See other health resources.