Vision & Hearing Screenings
The Early Learning Coalition of SWFL has a part-time screener who works throughout Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.
Why are vision and hearing screenings important?
We know from research that the development of hearing and vision abilities in children aged 2-5 is important for early learning and eventual reading achievement. In addition, these abilities differentiate at-risk from not-at-risk kindergartners in regard to their learning ability.
Our screenings are important because we are able to identify problems that often go undetected in children, such as a possible hearing loss. We can also detect vision disorders such as Amblyopia – which if undetected can leave a child with little or no vision for life.
How can you check the hearing and vision of preschool child?
We use specialized equipment that is designed to permit screening of very young children. Our equipment does not require a verbal response from the child, so our tests are appropriate even for those children who may be unable to speak clearly or who may speak a language other than English.
What equipment is used for the screenings?
What happens if a referral is made after the screening?
After a child has been screened, we send a letter to each parent letting them know the child “passed” or “failed” the screening. We recommend that a doctor (general) should be seen if a hearing screening was failed. We recommend that an Eye Doctor (Optometrist or Ophthalmologist) be seen for an eye referral. We also include a brochure explaining the importance of an eye examination by an eye professional. The parent can then schedule an appointment with an eye doctor (for a vision referral) or their child’s pediatrician (for a hearing referral). The doctor will then do whatever testing he/she feels is needed.