Tod­dler hear­ing test push

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

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.

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