Improving learner outcomes

Multi-Sensory Impairment course

Multi-Sensory Impairment refers to the impairments of both sight and hearing.

Learners with multi-sensory impairment may have difficulty:

  • forming relationships, as they can miss visual or auditory cues, such as smiles, looks or speech
  • with their awareness of pressure, temperature, and pain, as well as sight and hearing
  • learning at the same pace as other students

There is often a wide variation in both the degree and type of impairment they experience and, therefore, the level of support they require.

This course looks at the impact multi-sensory impairment can have on a learner’s life. It shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for these learners and offers practical assessment ideas and intervention strategies.

The course is CPD certified for 20 hours of learning.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the implications of a multi-sensory impairment for communication, mobility and movement, access to information and development
  • Explain the additional learning needs associated with a multi-sensory impairment
  • Explain how multi-agency teams conduct assessments for students with complex needs
  • Contribute to the planning of interventions that take into account a child’s developmental profile and needs
  • Analyse and evaluate the visual, acoustic and physical environment of a classroom
  • Use the observation tools provided to describe the function skills of learners
  • Apply a graduated response to meeting the needs of vision impaired pupils based on the assess, plan, do review cycle
  • Devise interventions to develop communication and social skills
  • Make reasonable adjustments in the classroom environment to maximise the inclusion of learners
  • Identify other multi-agency teams that can collaborate to provide specialist support to schools and families
  • Make reasonable adjustments to the curriculum by modifying  teaching resources
  • Set SMART goals and implement strategies for improving learner outcomes

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Feedback from our participants

I think this course is a good reminder of all the factors that need to be considered when making sure that the learner has access to the curriculum. A key factor is ensuring that the environment that the learner is supposed to learn in is conducive to learning.

Qualified Teacher of Multi Sensory Impairment

It really was fascinating thinking about how our senses help us learn, how we would feel if we didn't have those senses and how we would have to adapt. I feel it would greatly benefit the staff involved in the next academic year to do this course too.

Teaching Assistant

This training has made me consider how the children with MSI percieve the word around them. I am trying to eliminate unnecessary noise and visual distractions, repeating things when important and starting sentences with the child's name. I am thinking more about the needs of the child first.


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