Multi-sensory impairment

Children and young people with multi-sensory impairment (MSI) have impairments of both their senses of hearing and vision. MSI is considered to be a low incidence disability.

How children learn to use their residual vision and hearing together is
variable and so their needs have to be assessed individually.  Although children and young people with MSI can be very different to each other, they all have daily challenges with their:

  • Access to information  
  • Communication        
  • Independent mobility

They may also have additional special educational needs that need to be addressed.

The impact of dual sensory loss on the child and family can be substantial. Qualified staff with the Sensory Consortium Service (QTMSI) will work with colleagues, other professionals and parents/carers to carry out assessments, model approaches to learning and identify a communication system most appropriate for the learner.

MSI can sometimes be referred to as deafblindness, especially if there are no other additional needs involved. 

Multi-Sensory Impairment
Parent Information Pack

This document has been designed by the Sensory Consortium Service to provide additional information to that already available from the Early Support Family Pack. It is particularly relevant for families with a new diagnosis at pre-school age.

Multi-Sensory Impairment Parent Pack 

Early Support Information about Multi-Sensory Impairment
This is an information resource for parent / carers who have a child with  multi-sensory impairment, or who are in the process of getting a diagnosis.  

Early Support - information about MSI