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Glossary: L

Late-onset deafness

When children are born hearing but become deaf (often as a result of having a gene that causes deafness later in life).

Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

Also known as a Teaching Assistant (TA).  A Learning Support Assistant or Teaching Assistant will work alongside teachers in the classroom to support the children.  They might set up equipment and prepare lessons, listen to children reading, or help children with special educational needs.  Most Learning Support Assistant's or Teaching Assistant's in secondary schools work as special needs assistants.

Learning support assistant (LSA) or teaching assistant (TA)

A member of the school staff, who works with an individual child or a small group of children. They are often involved in carrying out teaching and speech and language programmes alongside specialist teachers of deaf children. Sometimes known as teaching assistants (TA).

Libby tubing

Earmould tubing that flares out (like a trumpet bell) towards the end of the metal tip of the earmould. This type of tubing helps to emphasise the high frequency sounds produced by the hearing aid. Extra skill and care is needed to retube an earmould fitted with libby tubing. 

Local Authority

Local government (the council for the area) which administers services in the community, including education and provision for children with special needs.

Local Authority Monitoring Officer

Investigates any Local Authority decision or action that may be illegal. The officer is usually the authority's chief executive or a senior solicitor. 

Loop system

A loop system consists of a microphone, amplifier and a loop of cable, which emits a magnetic field. If the child wears a hearing instrument switched to the ‘T’ position and is inside the loop, the hearing instrument will pick up the sound coming through the microphone from the magnetic field. This also cuts out most background noise. A loop can be worn around the neck, or can be positioned around the whole room.

Local Offer

Local authorities have to set out in their Local Offer information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have EHC plans.