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7 to 10 children in a class of 30 have an undetected hearing or vision related issue

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be present at birth, experienced over time, or acquired later in life. Delayed diagnosis of pre-lingual hearing loss affect children's speech, language, cognitive, and psychosocial development.

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Results of Hearing Loss

  • Children with unilateral hearing loss ( in one ear ) are 10 times as likely to be held back at least one grade.

  • Children with mild hearing loss miss 25-50% of speech in the classroom and may be inappropriately labeled as having a behavior problem.


Visual Impairment

Limits a child's exposure to everyday experiences and reduces access to information in his/her world. Studies of Visual impairment often include children with permanently impaired vision: however, most school-aged children suffer from less severe forms of visual disorders.
If you can't see it, you can't read it. There is a clear connection between vision and the ability to read. More than 80% of learning is based on what we see. A child must see clearly, at a distance and close up, whether in the classroom or on the playground. Basic elements such as eye coordination and eye/hand coordination are important for reading, writing, and safe playing.

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