By caroline | April 25, 2008
No two deaf children are the same: their educational experience will depend on their deafness, their personality, family background & other factors.
Parents will often have to spend time home-working with their children to complement & reinforce the child’s progress with state and school supports.
Some terminology you may meet in your child’s education plans:
V/TOD – Visiting/Teacher of the Deaf (may also teach at a specialist school)
SEN – Special Educational Needs (as defined in the EPSEN Act 2004)
SENO – Special Educational Needs Officer (co-ordinates service delivery)
SNA – Special Needs Assistant (care for the child in school if needed) Note: VTOD advises need for a SNA to the SENO, who applies to the DES for a SNA
Sample education supports deaf children in Ireland can access are:
* Teaching support from a visiting teacher of the deaf from soon after birth
* Speech and language therapy if required, on the HSE (waiting lists apply)
Note: If your child is attending a specialist school with speech & language therapy services, they cannot avail of the HSE’s community SLT services.
* An Individual Education Plan for their specific needs
* Home ISL tuition for children (with annual reapplication)
* Four hours’ resource teaching time per week if child has a bilateral loss
Note: Resource hours are advised by the VTOD to a SENO, who applies to the DES for the hours. The school manages the arrangement with the VTOD.
Note 2: Resource teaching can be group or individual, inside or outside the classroom and may not apply to children who are successful in mainstream.
Deaf children with extra needs may get extra hours due to dual disability
Note 3: To quantify your child’s eligibility for this, or any other services listed here, contact the Visiting Teacher Service, or your local VTOD.
Teaching support at home & in schools in Ireland is provided by:
The Special Education Support Service (SESS)
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE)