KidScreen Developmental Screening

Common Questions

My child has a well-child check up with the doctor every year, why should I sign up for KidScreen?
My child is only 3 years old, isn't that too young to check his hearing or vision?
Won't my child's teachers be able to tell if she has a problem?
My child's doctor said he would outgrow his speech problem, why should I sign up for screening?
How well trained are the screeners?
What happens during the screening?
How long does a screening take?
How will I know my child's screening results?
What do I do if my child fails the screening?

 

My child has a well-child check up with the doctor every year, why should I sign up for KidScreen?

Most doctors' offices do not have the specific equipment to offer comprehensive screening for hearing, functional vision and speech development.

My child is only 3 years old, isn't that too young to check his hearing or vision?

Research has proven that early detection of any problem is critical to allow time for quality intervention to help a child acquire important developmental and behavioral skills.  We provide screenings for 7 months and older.

Won't my child's teachers be able to tell if she has a problem?

Maybe but they most likely do not have the specialized training or equipment to screen for hearing, vision or speech problems.

My child's doctor said he would outgrow his speech problem, why should I sign up for screening?

Speech problems can affect a child's correct understanding of how a specific speech sound is supposed to sound like, which can affect how he 'reads' and 'writes' that speech sound.  This can impact later reading and writing.

How well trained are the screeners?

The screening team is made up of highly experienced and professionally-trained people who are interested in the well-being of your child.

What happens during the screening?

For hearing, we do several different things.  We place a small probe in a child's ear to measure eardrum movement.  We also may place a different probe in a child's ear that delivers a sound stimulus and measures responses from the hair cells in the inner ear. These probes do not cause discomfort.  If a child is 3 years and older we will place headphones over the ears and ask the child to respond to the sounds delivered through the phones.  For vision,  we also do several different things.  The child will be asked to play a 'matching' game if they're young or to read letters aloud.  We also check functional vision skills such as stereo/depth perception, tracking, near point convergence and other skills. For speech, the child will name pictures or repeat the names if s/he is an English Language Learner. View a short video about KidScreen.

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How long does a screening take?

A basic screening to check hearing, vision and speech can take about 7-10 minutes, depending on many factors.  The optional language screening may take an additional 10 minutes.  The optional developmental screening may take an additional 20-30 minutes, depending on the specific age and test utilized.

How will I know my child's screening results?

We send a customized report with your child's results back to the school in about 10 days.  If there are any medical concerns, such as possible ear infection, we will send a written notice home that same day of screening. 

What do I do if my child fails the screening?

We give specific feedback and recommendations for further evaluation if a child does not pass the screening.

If a parent or anyone else who knows a child well thinks the child might have hearing loss, get a hearing screening as soon as possible.