Vision and hearing are significant components of a child’s development and influence a child’s ability to learn. The following information will help determine next steps if you suspect your child or a child with whom you are working may have a vision, hearing, or dual sensory (combined vision-hearing) loss.

Decision Tree for Suspected Vision and Hearing Loss
The Decision Tree: Risk Factors and Behaviors Suggesting a Possible Vision and/or Hearing Concerns in Young and School-Aged Children provides information related to:

  1. Risk factors and behaviors suggesting possible vision and/or hearing concerns in young and school-age children
    Descriptions of specific factors, concerning vision and hearing behaviors, eye and physical concerns are described to assist parents in identifying if there is a possible vision and/or hearing loss;
  2. Next steps if a child has concerns about vision or hearing
    Specific step-by-step provides prompts for parents to follow to help determine if their child has a vision or hearing or combined vision-hearing loss; and
  3. What to do for children with known vision impairment and/or hearing loss
    Specific, school-related considerations are identified to assist parents in the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individuaized Education Program (IEP) for a child identified with a combined vision-hearing loss.

Click here to access the Decision Tree: Risk Factors and Behaviors Suggesting a Possible Vision and/or Hearing Concerns in Young and School-aged Children.

Web-based Hearing Assessment Algorithm and Web-based Vision Assessment Algorithm
Both the web-based Hearing Assessment Algorithm and the web-based Vision Assessment Algorithm support parents in accessing important information related to their child’s vision and hearing. By clicking on the hearing or vision assessment and responding to a series of “yes/no” prompts, parents can obtain essential information about and next steps to take in the vision and/or hearing evaluation process.

Click here to access the web-based Vision and Hearing Assessment Algorithms.

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