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Hearing and Vision School Screening

When your child starts school they will be seen by the school screening team to check their vision and hearing. Checking their vision and hearing is important. Finding any problems early means your child’s learning and development can be supported.

The screening happens at school and only takes a few minutes.

You will need to contact us if your child is already under hospital care for vision and/or hearing as they will not need to be seen by the screening team at school. 

  • The vision screening involves each eye being checked separately.

    The screener will use glasses that cover each eye in turn. If your child already wears glasses they will still be screened using a glasses patch.

    If your child does not pass their vision screening in school we will refer your child to the hospital for a full vision check. 

    Some children find the screening difficult to complete in school. We will let you know and refer them to hospital for a full check.

    Here are some signs that your child might be struggling with their eyesight.

    The video below shows a child having their vision screened in school.

     

     

     

     

     

    How will I know the results of my child’s screening?

    You will only receive a letter on the day the screening takes place if your child has either not passed the test or we were unable to screen your child's vision successfully.  If you do not receive a letter this means that your child's vision was fine.

    If your child needs further testing of their sight or hearing you will be given advice on the next steps to take.

  • The hearing screening is completed using a set of headphones. Your child will be asked to respond to a range of sounds. 

    If your child does not respond to all of the sounds we will see your child again in 4-6 weeks in school. If your child does not pass the second hearing screening we will refer your child to the hospital for a full hearing check.  

    Some children find the screening difficult to complete in school. We will let you know and either try again another day or refer them to hospital for a full check.

    Some signs your child may have hearing problems can be found *here*.

    The video below shows a child having their hearing screening in school.

     

     

     

     

    How will I know the results of my child’s screening?

    You will only receive a letter on the day the screening takes place if your child has either not passed the test or we were unable to screen your child's hearing successfully.  If you do not receive a letter this means that your child's hearing was fine.

    If your child needs further testing of their sight or hearing you will be given advice on the next steps to take.

  • You will receive a letter or email from your child’s school before the screening.

    If you feel you need more information you can contact JustOneNumber and speak to a member of the team.

    The video below shows you and your child what happens during the screening at school.

    If your child is home schooled you can call JustOneNumber for their screening to be arranged.

Who Can Help?

For support or advice young people, families and professionals can contact:

Just One Number for Norfolk Children and Young People’s Health Services Tel: 0300 300 0123 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm.

Parents can use Parentline Text messaging service: 07520 631590

Young people aged 11-19 can text Chat Health on 07480635060

Other parents who are going through or have been through this before can be a big help to you, friends or family, or you could join our online forum to speak to Norfolk Parents, click *here* to find out more.

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