What is the role of a Habilitation Officer?
- Holds the Certificate in Habilitation Studies
- Habilitation programmes include the teaching of early movement skills, spatial and body concepts as well as cane training, route learning and independent, daily living skills
- Training and support can also be offered to families, school staff and the child’s peers, helping them to learn more about the mobility and independent living difficulties experienced by a visually impaired child, and learn strategies to help alleviate these difficulties
- Assesses and supports visually impaired children and young people to develop the skills to travel and live independently so they become confident and safe
- Training will take place within the home, school and community settings
- Assessments are provided at various stages, as the child or young person’s needs will change over time as they will require new/additional skills to enable them to become independent
Who is the service for?
All visually impaired children and young people from diagnosis.
The LA commissions VSSS to provide a service to children and young people with a sensory loss who are in compulsory education, but not post 16. Post 16 providers can commission VSSS, through a Service Level Agreement, to provide support by contacting the head teacher.
Who do they work for?
Virtual School Sensory Support
148 Woodside Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 9QL
Tel 01603 704040