Hearing Impairment Unit (HIU)
HIU staff - Teachers of the Deaf - Mrs. Halsey & Mrs Whittaker. Specialist TA - Mrs Wright HIU TA - Mrs May Speech and Language Therapist - Mrs Cheung
Moss Bury Unit for Hearing Impaired children is one of only 2 primary units in Hertfordshire. Specialist trained staff cater for up to 6 hearing impaired children from reception to year 6.
The children all have Statements of Special Educational Need or Educational, Health and Care Plans, have been assessed by the Hearing Impairment Advisory Service and their suitability for a place at Moss Bury HIU is decided by a multi-disciplinary panel.
The children have been assessed as having the potential to develop speech and language without using the signing system, and are full members of their mainstream classes. They wear post aural hearing aids or have cochlea implants and use radio aids to help their integration. They are supported by staff from the HIU in a variety of ways including one to one sessions, small group work or in their class as needed. This may be in one of the unit classrooms with other hearing impaired children or with hearing children.
The Teacher of the Deaf works closely with parents and class teachers, to ensure children have full access to learning opportunities and the National Curriculum.
The hearing impaired children spend some time as a group in the unit to develop their understanding of deaf issues.
A Speech and Language Therapist visits the HIU weekly. She assesses the children's language needs and works with the Unit staff and the children's parents to set individual programmes of work. The children have daily speech and language sessions from the Unit staff.
We are very lucky to have a set of rooms that are acoustically treated to ensure the children have the best listening environment. This is particularly important when having their daily speech and language sessions.
The children also benefit from having personal radio aids to enhance their hearing and so have better access to the curriculum.