The role of the paediatric ECLO in supporting children, young people and families identified as deafblind

The role of the paediatric ECLO in supporting children, young people and families identified as deafblind Deafblind UKHarriet Dunn, Paediatric Eye Clinic Liasison Officer, RNIB/ Alder Hey Hospital

There are a small number of paediatric ECLO’s in the UK and the work is varied. I will begin by providing an overview of the paediatric ECLO. This will be followed by a discussion on how I support the unique needs of those identified as deaf-blind. An important aspect of this role involves signposting to appropriate needs specific services in the local area. I will provide an insight into how this is achieved.


About Harriet

I am a part-time paediatric ECLO at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. My role involves supporting the needs of children and young people identified as having visual impairment and other needs. I have a special interest in supporting those who are deaf-blind, due to my own lived-experiences. I’m also a final year PhD researcher, exploring teacher trainees’ experiences of working with pupils identified as having VI. In my free time, I play cricket with the UK Women’s Visually Impaired Cricket Team. I am passionate about ensuring children and young people with a range of needs have access to the most appropriate support to live life to the full.


 

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