Hearing, vision screenings important for learning

OSCEOLA COUNTY — As parents, it’s important to make sure your child can succeed in school. One of the most important steps in this process is to have your child screened for possible hearing and vision problems.

Central Michigan District Health Department offers both of these screenings to children during the school year at no cost to the parents. For children 3 through 6 years of age with Medicaid coverage, your insurance will be billed for the screening.

State trained and certified staff provide vision screening services to children in preschool and in the first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades.

Hearing screening is done for preschool children and those in kindergarten, second and fourth grade.

Preschoolers are screened in larger day cares, Head Start centers, or during kindergarten round-ups. K-12 students are screened throughout the school year as our technicians visit each school district. Other children may be screened at teacher and parent request.

All children who are being home schooled can also get screened at no cost to the parent.

Any family with home schooled children can call the local health department branch office in their county and ask to make an appointment for screening. Appointments are available during the summer months as well.

The parent of any child that does not pass the screening is contacted and asked to take the child in for more specific testing by a doctor. Referrals to community services for assistance are also available.

For more information or to set up a screening appointment for eligible school age children please call: (231) 832-5532 ext. 8521.