In order to determine whether or not children require vision or hearing resources, it’s important for them to have regular screenings. A recent survey found that 40% of parents within the United States stated that their children spent at least three hours a day interacting with digital devices. It has been determined that these activities can contribute to losses in both hearing and vision. In order to address this situation, as well as other contributing factors, it’s important for children of all ages to receive regular hearing and vision screenings.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended the frequency with which hearing screening should be conducted. Children should have their first screening before they enter school. After that, it’s recommended that they are screened again at ages six, eight, and then ten. They should also be screened a minimum of one time in each middle and high school.
The National Commission on Vision and Health reported on children diagnosed with vision problems. It’s been determined that one out of every four children between five and 17 years of age have received this diagnosis. Furthermore, 25% of school-age children could have been properly treated prior to entering school if they had been screened.
It’s important to address the results of recent studies, which indicated that many children have not been seen by an eye care provider. Over the past 12 months, the studies revealed that 79% of children had not had their vision tested.
Contact a School Staffing Agency
Teachers comprise 50% of a public school’s staff. The remaining 50% consists of guidance counselors, nurses, speech therapists, and other important personnel. Recommendations from the American School Counselor Association indicate that the student-to-counselor ratio should be 250:1. If your school is in need of additional personnel, such as trained specialists to perform vision and hearing screening, a school staffing agency can assist you with this process. Once you schedule a consultation, you’ll be able to learn more about the staffing services that they can provide for your school.