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Multi Sensory Impairment MSI

multi sensory impairment


Children with multi-sensory impairment have both visual and hearing difficulties and are sometimes referred to as deaf-blind.

Incidental learning is limited and children may experience difficulties in perception, communication and acquisition of information.

Pupils need teaching approaches that make good use of their residual hearing and vision, together with their other senses. As a result, they may require alternative means of communication.

They may have some residual sight and/or hearing, but the combination can result in high anxiety and multi-sensory deprivation. Pupils with multi-sensory impairment have much greater difficulties in following the curriculum and participating in school life than those with a single sensory impairment. Many also have additional disabilities and their complex needs can make it difficult to assess intellectual ability.


See also

Hearing Impairments HI

Visual Impairment VI

Further reading

Behavioural Disorders - ADD ADHD

The Autistic Spectrum - Semantic Pragmatic Disorder

Getting An Educational Psychology Assessment

Classroom Help For Children With SEN

What Play Teaches Us

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