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Hearing and Vision Tests

Norfolk Children and Young People’s Health Services are here to support you and your children as they grow and develop.

When your child starts school part of the support offered is health screening to identify any problems so that they can access early help. This will be carried out by a Health Professional from the 5-19 Pathway of care.

In the reception year of school your child will be offered these 2 important tests;

• A vision test
• A hearing test

These tests mean that possible problems can be found early and not get in the way of your child’s learning and development.

Finding out any issues early means the right support can be put in place to help your child as soon as possible.

The tests do not take long and both happen in school.

  • The vision test involves each eye being checked separately and then both together.

    The tester will use glasses that block each eye in turn and then test how both eyes work together. Your child’s sight will be checked for how well they can see at a distance (long sight) and close to them (short sight).

    The hearing and vision tests are not repeated in school again– it is advised that your child sees an optician every two years, or at any time you have a concern.

    There are some signs that your child might be struggling with their eyesight *here*.

    The video below shows a child having their vision tested 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 test is completed using a set of headphones. Your child will be given a buzzer to press every time they hear one of the noises played. The noises they hear will be low and high to check that they can hear a whole range of sounds.

    If the test shows up any problems you will be contacted and your child referred for more specialised testing.

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

    If you have worries about your child’s hearing you can contact your GP or JustOneNumber to discuss if further testing is needed.

    The video below shows a child having their hearing test 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 be contacted prior to the screening tests and measurements.

    If you feel you need more information you can contact JustOneNumber to ask any questions you have. We would hope to be able to reassure you about any concerns you might have about screening.

    The tests and measurements will not take place if you do not want t hem to, your wishes will be respected.

    Your child will be told these tests are going to happen and when. They may have some worries about the tests. You could watch the video below together; it explains how the hearing and vision tests are done as well as the height and weight measurements which are also carried out during the same visit. Knowing what to expect can help them feel more confident about what will happen.

    If your child is home schooled they are still entitled to have the screening service. You can call JustOneNumber to discuss when, and where, would work for you to meet up with a member of the screening team.

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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