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Physical and/or Sensory

What are physical or sensory needs?

Sensory needs, which can be hearing loss and/or visual impairment or sensory processing difficulties and physical difficulties, can occur for a variety of reasons, e.g. congenital conditions (some progressive), injury or disease. The important consideration in this area is the degree to which the difficulties impact on a child’s or young person’s ability to access educational opportunities.


Different types of physical or sensory need:

This is a list of some physical and/or sensory needs which we may see in school; your child may have a different physical and/or sensory need and we will make adaptations as needed. We always aim to have the latest training for all of the needs for our children at Ankermoor.

Hearing Loss
  • Hearing loss can be sensorineural, conductive or mixed
  • The levels of hearing loss are mild, moderate, severe or profound.
Vision Loss
  • Visual impairment is an eye condition that cannot be fully corrected by glasses or contact lenses
  • The levels of vision are mild, moderate, severe or profound.
Multisensory impairment
  • Multisensory impairment occurs when there is a hearing loss and visual impairment, which are both educationally significant although they may be at different levels.
Sensory Processing difficulties
  • Our bodies and the environment send our brain information through our senses.  We process and organise this information so that we feel comfortable and secure. When a child has difficulty coping with these demands, they may have sensory processing difficulties.
  • A child may be under-sensitive or over-sensitive in the 5 areas:
    • Proprioception
    • Vestibular
    • Auditory
    • Oral Sensory
    • Tactile 
Physical Difficulty
  • Physical/medical injures can be for a variety of reasons, eg congenital conditions (some progressive), injury or disease.
    • A child with a physical difficulty may have a diagnosed medical condition which affects them physically. There may be an undiagnosed condition where the child presents with delayed development or impairment with their physical ability and/or presentation.