The Center's School Screening Program provides simple - yet necessary - hearing and vison checks for preschool and school-age children throughout the community.

The Center's professional screeners identify children with potential issues so families can pursue more in-depth testing and treatment.

The Center screens more than 12,000 students at 117 partner sites throughout the St. Louis region.


Salena Kennedy

Director of Community Services

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If hearing or vision problems are detected, families have the opportunity to act early and get treatment to prevent potential long-term, negative impacts on a child’s development.

Hearing and vision disorders are often described as “invisible handicaps,” causing problems that are not easily detected but can be devastating to children as they develop.


  • Hearing screenings are performed in school with portable audiometers and headsets. A child hears a series of beeps and responds by raising a hand.

  • Screeners check for middle ear problems with a tympanometer to detect infections or the presence of fluid behind the eardrum.

  • Vision screenings are completed with the latest Plusoptix technology to screen for:

    • Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

    • Nearsightedness (Myopia)

    • Blurred Vision (Astigmatism)

    • Unequal Refractive Power (Anisometropia)

    • Unequal Pupil Size (Anisocoria)

    • Eye Misalignment (Strabismus)

  • The Center provides information and resources for referrals and follow-up care.

  • Families receive a phone call from our caring and competent staff about their child’s health needs.