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 for Suspected Vision and Hearing Loss 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 for Suspected Vision and Hearing Loss.

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.

Identification of Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Dual Sensory Loss) Chart

The Identification of Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Dual Sensory Loss) chart provides a schematic that enables physicians and other individuals working with a child to identify whether a child’s level of vision and hearing loss may be significant enough to identify the child as having deafblindness. If deafblindness is suspected, additional information is available by contacting the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education.

Click here to access the Identification of Combined Vision and Hearing Loss chart

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