Why is it important to have your child’s vision screened? To identify if your child has vision problems or might be risk for vision problems. The vision screening procedures are meant to aid in the detection of: defects in distance visual acuity, defects in binocular vision, and other observable abnormalities. Without intervention, there can be permanent vision loss, the development of learning disabilities, and/or emotional-behavioral problems that can lead to school failure. Children often do not know that they should be able to see better than they do.
Why is it important to have you child’s hearing screened? To identify hearing problems, either temporary or permanent, that can hinder school performance.The purpose of early detection of potential hearing loss is to prevent permanent hearing loss during childhood and to identify students who need special accommodations due to hearing deficits. Hearing loss can contribute to educational delays and social isolation. Hearing loss is invisible and the child may be blamed for not paying attention.
The State of Ohio requires routine hearing and vision screens be done on children in the K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 9th grades, and 11th as well as new students. The State of Ohio also requires vision screening for 7th graders. If your child has an IEP or a 504, screening will be done yearly, usually around the time of review.
If your child passes the hearing and vision screen, you will not be contacted. This screening provides only a snapshot of how your child performs on the day the test was administered and is not a substitute for a complete professional exam.
If your child fails the screening, you will be informed of the test results. I will send home a referral. It is important to know the outcome of the professional examination. Please return the referral form to the school nurse.
Any questions call 998-0550