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Hearing and Vision School Screening

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to make some changes to the way we work in the community. We want to ensure that the families, children and young people that really need our support can still access help.

From 1st October 2020, we have updated the services that the NHS has agreed are essential for families. 

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. 

  • How does the vision screening work?

    • The vision screening involves each eye being checked separately. 
    • Children will be asked to look at pictures or letters held a distance away, and match to a card in front of them. 
    • 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.

    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 does not pass their vision screening in school we will refer them to the hospital for a full vision check. You will be given advice on the next steps to take.
    • Some children find the screening difficult to complete in school. If we are unable to complete the screening, we will let you know and refer your child to hospital for a full check.

    *Click Here* for some signs that your child might be struggling with their eyesight.

  • How does the hearing screening work?

    • The hearing screening is completed using a set of headphones.
    • Your child will be asked to listen for a range of different 'beep' sounds, and respond by pressing a button.

    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 does not respond to all of the sounds we will see them again at school in 4-6 weeks. If your child does not pass the second hearing screening we will refer them to the hospital for a full hearing check. You will be given advice on the next steps to take. 
    • Some children find the screening difficult to complete in school. If we are unable to complete the screening, we will let you know and either try again another day or refer your child to hospital for a full check.

    *Click Here* for some signs your child may have hearing problems.

  • How will I know the results of my child’s vision and hearing 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 and/or vision successfully. If you do not receive a letter this means that your child's hearing and vision were fine.
    • If your child does not pass their vision screening in school we will refer them to the hospital for a full vision check. You will be given advice on the next steps to take.
    • If your child does not respond to all of the sounds during the hearing screening we will see them again at school in 4-6 weeks. If your child does not pass the second hearing screening we will refer them to the hospital for a full hearing check. You will be given advice on the next steps to take. 
    • Some children find the screening difficult to complete in school. If we are unable to complete the screening, we will let you know and either try again another day or refer your child to hospital for a full check.

    *Click Here* for some signs your child may have hearing problems.

    *Click Here* for some signs that your child might be struggling with their eyesight.

  • You will receive a letter or email from your child’s school before the screening, letting you know when it is due to take place.

    Talk to your child about vision and hearing screening. This will make them feel more comfortable when we visit their school. The video shows what happens during the screening.

    • If you feel you need more information you can speak to your child's school or contact Just One Number and speak to a member of the team.
    • If your child is home schooled you can call Just One Number for their screening to be arranged.

Who Can Help?

If you feel you need more information you can speak to your child's school or contact Just One Number and speak to a member of the team.

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

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum below.

 

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