• Hearing and Vision

     

    Hearing, Vision, & AN

     

    Hearing: As part of Health and Safety Code, Chapter 36, the Hearing Screening Program requires that all children enrolled for the first time in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school or in a Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) licensed child care center and licensed child care home in Texas, or who meet certain grade criteria, must be screened or have a professional examination for possible hearing problems. The requirements for hearing screening apply each year for children enrolled in any licensed child care center and licensed child care home or school program at the ages or grades listed at this site: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vhs/require.shtm

     

    Vision: As part of Health and Safety Code, Chapter 36, the Vision Screening Program requires that all children enrolled for the first time in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school or in a Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) licensed child care center and licensed child care home in Texas, or who meet certain grade criteria, must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision problems. The requirements for vision screening apply each year for children enrolled in any licensed child care center and licensed child care home or school program at the ages or grades listed at this site: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vhs/vision-require.aspx

     

    If your child fails the vision or hearing screening and rescreen, you will be sent home a referral letter. 

    1.) Please have your child evaluated by your pediatrician or eye specialist

    2.) Have your doctor complete the referral form and return this form to the school health clinic

    3.) This information is sent to the state of Texas in the form of annual screening reports

     

    AN (Acanthosis Nigricans): The Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes in Children is a legislatively mandated program developed, coordinated, and administrated by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Border Health Office (BHO). The program assesses children who may be at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in Texas Education Agency Regional Education Service Centers 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, and 20. During vision/hearing and scoliosis screenings of 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders in public and private schools, certified individuals assess children for the acanthosis nigricans marker, a skin condition that signals high insulin levels. Children who are positively identified with the marker undergo additional assessments of body mass index (BMI), BMI percentile, and blood pressure. Referrals are issued to the parents of these children, alerting each parent of their child's risk factors and encouraging further evaluation from a health professional. Becoming aware of and understanding what the risk factors suggest can help stimulate the changes necessary to prevent or delay future health problems for children at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and other conditions. For more information please follow the link: https://rfes.utrgv.edu/Risk.htm

     

    Scoliosis

     

    School-based spinal screening helps to identify adolescents with abnormal spinal curves and refer them for appropriate follow-up by their primary care physician. Screening can detect scoliosis at an early stage, when the curve is mild and may go unnoticed. Early detection is key to controlling spinal deformities.

    In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule:

    • Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (or fall semester of grade 5) and again at age 12 (or fall semester of grade 7).
    • Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (or fall semester of grade 8).

    For more information on Texas Scoliosis Screenings please follow: http://dshs.texas.gov/spinal/