Good hearing and vision are critical for successful academic, social, emotional, and communication development. Quite often, hearing and vision loss can go undetected for years, resulting in misdiagnosed behavioral and learning disabilities, ADHD, or cognitive impairments. Good vision is equally vital to a child's success in school. As much as 80% of learning occurs visually. Some vision problems, such as amblyopia, can go undetected and lead to permanent vision loss.
Ridge Zeller Therapy offers school-based hearing and vision screening services for all students, including those receiving special education services. Our certified screeners will accurately and efficiently conduct your required hearing and vision screenings.
A hearing screening determines if an individual can hear a variety of sounds, providing either a "pass" or "fail". result. If the participant passes, no further action is required. If the individual fails, follow up with a qualified professional may be necessary. The purpose of a hearing screening is to identify whether the child has normal hearing, but it is not a diagnosis of hearing impairment.
AZ Hearing Screening Regulations
The state of Arizona mandates that all private, public, and charter schools have a systematic screening procedure for conducting hearing screenings to allow for early detection and appropriate interventions. Arizona Administrative Code, Sections R9-13-101 through R9-13-110 adopted effective February 18, 1986, mandates hearing screenings for:
The purpose of a vision screening is to identify if a child has a vision problem or a potential vision problem. However, a vision screening is not a diagnosis of a vision problem. The child either passes or fails the screening. If the child passes, no further action is required. If the student fails the screening, follow up with a qualified eye professional may be necessary.
AZ Vision Screening Requirements
Vision screening bill SB 1456 effective 8/17/19: Child Hearing and Vision Programs, requires vision screening of children in Arizona upon initial entry to school with two other subsequent screenings. Official rules have not yet been established under A.R.S. 36-899. The AZ Department of Health Services anticipates drafting the rules in 2020. The screening rules will follow national guidelines, which will help ensure early detection and intervention of children with vision impairments.