Speech, language, hearing and vision screening for schools
Identification of exceptional children is an ongoing process within Morgan County Schools. Part of this process is the annual screening for speech, language, hearing and vision problems. The screening will be conducted during August and September.
Students to be screened include those referred by parents and teachers, students who are new in the school system and students entering kindergarten who did not participate in the pre-enrollment screening.
This screening is conducted to assure that eligible exceptional students receive a free appropriate public education.
Speech testing consists of the student repeating a list of words after the clinician. Sounds that are said in error will be noted.
Language testing consists of identifying common objects and everyday concepts in addition to a sample of spontaneous conversational speech.
Hearing screening will consist of pure tone measurement and a test-of the middle ear function. To obtain a pure tone measurement, the child listens to three pitches in each ear presented at half the loudness of a normal conversational speech. A child suspected of a problem using this test will be rescreened within 21 days. During middle ear testing, a small rubber plug attached to a measuring instrument is placed in the ear canal. Mild ear pressure and a tone are applied to the ear. This procedure measures the movement of the eardrum. Children failing this test may be referred to an audiologist or a physician.
All results are kept confidential. Parents who do not want their children to participate in this screening may contact the speech pathologist or principal at their child's school.
The schedule for the screenings is as follows:
August 28 – Pleasant View Elementary and Greenwood Elementary.
August 29 – Paw Paw Headstart homebased 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. and Paw Paw Schools.
September 2 – Berkeley Springs High School and Warm Springs Middle School.
September 4 – Warm Springs Intermediate School.
September 9 – Widmyer Elementary.
September 10 – Berkeley Springs Headstart (a.m./p.m.)
September 11 – Widmyer Elementary.
September 17 – Great Cacapon Headstart.
September 18 – Rescreening Pleasant View and Greenwood.
September 19 – Rescreening Paw Paw Schools.
September 23 – Rescreening Berkeley Springs High School and Warm Springs Middle School.
September 24 – Doodlebugs.
September 25 – Rescreening Warm Springs Intermediate School.
September 30 – Rescreening Widmyer.
October 1 – Rescreening Berkeley Springs Headstart.
October 2 – Rescreening Widmyer.
October 8 – Rescreening Great Cacapon Headstart.
October 15 – Rescreening Doodlebugs.