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from Spring 97 issue
To be considered as deafblind for the purposes of being included in the Federal census and receiving services from Deafblind Outreach, a child (birth to 21) would have to meet at least one condition in each of the three areas (Hearing, Vision, Developmental Concerns). CIRCLE ALL APPLICABLE
Suggested uses for this CHECKLIST
1) To evaluate each of the students in special education
2) To present to parents as a tool to help develop an understanding of their child's needs for program modification because of sensory deficits.
3) To keep in child's records.
(* examples/definitions at end of this section)
1. Documented auditory handicap meeting Texas eligibility requirements as cited in the commissioner's/SBOE rules
*2. Documented unilateral hearing impairment (conductive, sensorineural or mixed) of at least 15 dB
*3. Documented bilateral hearing impairment (conductive, sensorineural or mixed) of at least 15 dB
*4. Documented syndrome, disease or disorder associated with hearing loss
*5. Documented syndrome/disorder associated with a progressive hearing loss
*6. Diagnosis of a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) by a speech/language pathologist and an audiologist. A psychologist or diagnostician may also participate in the diagnosis
*7. Documented chronic/persistent otitis media
8. Caregivers/professionals who know the child suspect impaired hearing based on the following:
a) significant and otherwise unanticipated delay in receptive and/or expressive speech-language skills
b) responses to full range of auditory stimuli in the environment is less than anticipated
*9. Ototoxic medications
*11. Balance problems
2/3. A conductive hearing loss is caused by problems in the outer ear or middle ear (e.g.) blockage of the car canal, damage to the ear drum, problems with the bones in the middle ear, fluid in the middle ear.
A sensorineural hearing loss is caused by nerve damage to the inner ear.
A mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural impairments.
4. List of syndromes/diseases causing hearing loss:
5. List of syndromes/diseases causing progressive losses:
6. Reports from professionals may include such terms or descriptions as:
7. Otitis media/middle ear infection when chronic (lasting longer than 3 weeks) and recurring can inhibit language/communication development.
9. Some common ototoxic substances:
11. Some balance problems may be caused by structural damage to the inner ear which may also result in hearing loss.
(* examples/definitions at end of this section)
1. Documented visual handicap meeting Texas eligibility requirements as cited in the commissioner's/SBOE rules
2. Documented monocular vision (vision in one eye)
*3. Documented syndrome, disease or disorder associated with vision loss
*4. Documented syndrome/disorder associated with a progressive vision loss
*5. Diagnosis of cortical visual impairment from an ophthalmologist and/or neurologist
6. Documented visual impairment of 20/70 or worse after correction in better eye or a loss in visual field
*7. Diagnosis of nystagmus
*8. Diagnosis of untreated amblyopia after the age of 6 years
*9. History of untreated eye condition, such as cataracts, during the first three years of life
*10. Visual perceptual problems
*11. Impaired visual-motor functioning resulting from strabismus or cerebral palsy
13. Caregivers/professionals who know the child suspect visual impairments because visual attending and/or visual examining behaviors are less than anticipated
3. Some examples of syndromes or disorders associated with loss of vision include:
4. Some examples of disorders associated with progressive or fluctuating vision loss include:
5. Cortical visual impairment results in difficulties in processing visual information.
7. Nystagmus is an involuntary rapid movement of the eye.
8. Amblyopia is uncorrectable blurred vision due to disuse of the eye.
9. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye.
10. Examples of visual perception problems:
11. Strabismus is a deviation of the eyes so they are not simultaneously directed to the same object.
1. At least one year delay on developmental assessments or one standard deviation from score expected on the basis of chronological age on standardized assessments in one or more of the following areas:
- communication skills (including speech and language)
- social skills
- spatial awareness and orientation
- basic concepts
- academic achievement
- visual and/or auditory guided movement
2. At risk for problems with independent living and/or competitive employment upon graduation from high school
3. At risk for problems with integration into family life/community activities
4. At risk of getting hurt when walking/moving around independently
5. Under the age of 5 years