Vision And Hearing Screenings

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Many parents are concerned when asked to give permission for their child to receive a hearing screening. When permission is requested, often the response is, “I know my child can hear.” A couple of days ago, I attended a meeting of a high school student. During the meeting, the parent said the student was about to get hearing aides. She thought he was ignoring her when he didn’t respond or follow directions. But, she now realizes it was because he couldn’t hear.

Unfortunately, many auditory disorders are misdiagnosed with other conditions, such attention problems. If your child appears defiant, rude or otherwise refuses to follow instructions, you may want to consider an auditory assessment.

Auditory processing disorders or hearing loss may result in students confusing similarly sounding words, having difficulty remembering and interpreting oral instructions, or the inability to pronounce simple vowel or consonant sounds, which may ultimately effect reading ability, it’s important to know how well your child can hear.

If it’s determined that your child is having trouble hearing, there are several strategies you can use to strengthen his ability.

Reducing noise during conversations, presenting and maintaining eye contact when giving instructions or during conversation, speaking clearly and enunciating each syllable, as well as utilizing a slightly above average tone are all useful strategies for children who have trouble hearing.

These strategies may be used at home or at school. In some instances, medical intervention may be in order.

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