Fisher Elementary principal, Deanne Lacost, watched her students go through the screening process with Spot and could immediately see the benefit.
"I was so proud that our school was chosen to use this new technology," said Lacost, who had been principal at Fisher Elementary for the past five years. "It's important for us to screen students for both vision and hearing just to monitor the students and make certain there are no issues.
"We have used the eye chart in the past, but given the opportunity to move to the Spot vision screener, we were able to screen all of the kids in a couple of hours and it usually takes a lot longer. We loved the fact that we got the information immediately."
The principal was most impressed by the ability of the Spot to screen all the children, especially the preschool students.
"I watched the screening and the way the children are screened is so different," said Lacost. "It is not invasive for the kids who are non-verbal. It was simple with no interaction required."
Vision Disability, Number One Health Issue in Schools
In a recent study of the top seven health issues in schools, vision disability is priority number one.(1) This clearly shows evidence that addressing the prevalence of visions disorders can improve student outcomes.
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children. Approximately 80 percent(2) of what children learn in their early school years is visual. Alarmingly, fewer than 15 percent of all preschool children receive an eye exam and fewer than 22 percent receive any type of vision screening.
Today, of all school-age children across Ameri
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