Balgonie Elementary School would like to thank the Balgonie Elks Lodge #572 for providing us with an audiometer. As you may have heard in the news, Saskatchewan does not currently screen all infant/children's hearing. As such, when children come into school, many have never had a hearing screening or assessment. As found on the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada website:
"Hearing loss affects a child's understanding and use of language, as well as cognitive, psychosocial and academic development. Historically, communication outcomes in children with all degrees of hearing loss have lagged behind the developmental trajectory of children with normal hearing. There is evidence-based consensus that early identification of hearing loss can significantly reduce the negative consequences of hearing loss for the child, the family and society (Kennedy et al., 2006; Moeller, 2000; Sininger, Grimes, & Christensen, 2010; Yoshinaga-Itano, Sedley, Coulter, & Mehl, 1998)."
Audiometers, such as the one donated to Balgonie Elementary School by the Balgonie Elks Lodge #572, will allow Prairie Valley School Division speech-language pathologists to screen student's hearing to ensure he meets a minimum threshold. This will let us know if the student is able to hear the teacher's instructions. Students who fail the screen will be encouraged to seek further professional follow up from an audiologist and/or medical doctor to determine the level and reason for the loss. The ability to screen student's hearing right at the school will give us more information about the student, save families the cost of time and money, and help with the earlier identification of hearing loss. Earlier identification leads to earlier intervention and greater long term success for our students. Again, an enormous thank you to the Balgonie Elks for binging this educational advantage to our students.
Tammy Petford, Speech-Language Pathologist
Dion Hrynewich, Principal