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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


Help and advice

Statutory Assessments And Statements Of SEN

National Curriculum And P-levels For Children With SEN

Moderate Learning Difficulties - MLD

Specific Learning Difficulties - SpLD


School choice

Choosing SEN Provision

SEN Admission To Independent School

Unit And Resourced Provision For SEN

Choosing A School: First Steps For SEN

Classroom Help For Children With SEN

Special Schools Reviewed By The Good Schools Guide



The Speech And Language Therapist (SALT)

Occupational Therapy


What Play Teaches Us

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