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The report examines the effectiveness of educational interventions aimed at supporting children and young people with multi-sensory impairment, in school settings.

The Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) does not identify evidence to show  interventions that are able to definitively address ‘what works’.

The evidence assessment stage identified only 29 studies as being suitable for inclusion in this REA. The report identifies that the field of MSI research is relatively new and as MSI is of small incidence in the school population, research is difficult.

Some evidence of positive outcomes across many of the interventions are identified.

The report highlights there have been few robust assessments of school based interventions in this topic area. Two implications of this for Wales are highlighted: 

  1. more research to produce evidence on effectiveness of interventions is required 
  2. practitioners must design broad interventions based on the evidence and  practice available. And then use assessment of progress to amend interventions 

The educational practice examined here does however show the general value of many of the interventions.


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