School Screening

The Center’s School Screening Program provides simple – yet necessary – hearing and vison checks for preschool and school-age children throughout the community.​

The Center’s professional screeners identify children with potential issues so families can pursue more in-depth testing and treatment. The Center screens more than 12,000 students at 117 partner sites throughout the St. Louis region.

SERVICES

  • Hearing screenings are performed in school with portable audiometers and headsets. A child hears a series of beeps and responds by raising a hand.
  • Screeners check for middle ear problems with a tympanometer. This shows how well the eardrum moves. An eardrum that does not move well may indicate the presence of earwax buildup or fluid behind the eardrum.
  • Vision screenings are completed with the latest Plusoptix technology to screen for:
    • Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
    • Nearsightedness (Myopia)
    • Blurred Vision (Astigmatism)
    • Unequal Refractive Power (Anisometropia)
    • Unequal Pupil Size (Anisocoria)
    • Eye Misalignment (Strabismus)

When a child does not pass the screening, the family is provided information on how to contact the Center clinic for professional and compassionate follow-up care or a referral to other area providers upon request.

If hearing or vision problems are detected, families have the opportunity to act early and get treatment to prevent potential long-term, negative impacts on a child’s development.

Hearing and vision disorders are often described as “invisible handicaps,” causing problems that are not easily detected but can be devastating to children as they develop.

CONTACT

Salena Kennedy
Director of Community Services
KennedyS@chsstl.org