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Sensory Impairment

To provide a broader understanding of the complexities of sensory loss and provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice when caring for people who have a sensory impairment.

To promote the safety and well-being of all clients within care settings.


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • List the five senses
  • State some of the causes of sensory impairment
  • Explain what is meant by the terms sight impairment, hearing impairment, deafblindness and their prevelance
  • Lists groups of symptoms related to each of the main types of impairments
  • Identify and discuss the examples of available equipment/aids
  • Describe a range of ways to support effective communication
  • Discuss what is meant by sensory processing disorder and sensory hypersensitivity



Learners will be assessed by –

  • Ability to answer questions during course
  • Discussion following feedback from activities


Course Content

  • The five senses Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch
  • What is sensory impairment?
  • Visual impairment
    • A change of terms
    • The reality
    • Causes
    • Problems
    • Symptoms
    • Ways to help
    • Equipment/aids
  • Hearing impairment
    • UK facts
    • The reality
    • Types of hearing loss
    • Causes
    • Age related deafness
    • Decibels
    • Clarifying hearing loss
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Managing deafness
    • Hearing aids
    • Hearing loop system
    • Communication tips
  • Deafblindness
    • Facts
    • Understanding the complexity
    • Types
    • Causes
    • Symptoms
    • Communication and methods
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Sensory hypersensitivity
  • Triggers
  • Responses




Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264



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