The Early Learning Coalition of SWFL has two part time screeners who screen preschool children throughout Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.
- Why are vision and hearing screenings important?
- How can you check the hearing and vision of preschool child?
- What equipment is used for the screenings?
- What happens if a referral is made after the screening?
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.
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.
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.
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