Toddler hearing test push
An organisation aimed at improving outcomes for children living in Kwinana and Cockburn is seeking State Government support for a new program to train early- learning educators to conduct ear and hearing assessments on toddlers in their care.
Connecting Community for Kids partnership director Jane Miller said while children’s ears and hearing were tested at birth and then again at five, hearing assessment options were lacking for children under four.
She said improved early detection and intervention in children’s ear and hearing health could shift childhood vulnerability and improve their school- readiness.
CCK worked with the health and early- learning sectors last year to conduct a health and hearing assessment trial on 76 children at four childcare centres, with 59 per cent of toddlers screened recalled for a follow- up, and 28 per cent having indicators of developmental vulnerability in talking, understanding and hearing. CCK will again host a two- month trial at four childcare centres in Perth’s south, including Bertram.