The first screening of the new year took place this morning at the Gingerbread Cottage Preschool in Mechanicsville, VA. Conexus Screening Technician, Corrine Huber, screened 22 four-year-old children, five of whom (23%) received a referral notification to their parent regarding a possible vision problem.
80% of what a child learns in school is through vision, and one in four school children has a vision problem significant enough to impact learning. Conexus seeks to eliminate undetected and untreated vision problems before they can become barriers to success in school or life, and our friends at Gingerbread Cottage Preschool support our mission. Kindergarten readiness is multifaceted. It includes things like learning the alphabet, colors, and shapes and learning to share, wait your turn, and put on your own shoes. But it also involves making sure that our children have everything they need to be “ready” to learn. Good vision is a critical component of success in school, and Gingerbread Cottage Preschools are working hard to cover their bases as they prepare their children for school.
Conexus will visit two other Gingerbread Cottage Preschool locations over the next few weeks. If you have a child in preschool, check with your director to see if your child’s vision needs are being addressed!
Corrine Huber, Conexus VisioCheck Technician, delivers a technology-based screening to a student at Gingerbread Cottage Preschool in Mechanicville, VA. Traditional screening methods (i.e. wall charts) can produce unreliable results, especially in young children who may not fully understand the screening instructions. Technology-based screening is very quick (less than 5 seconds) and requires no response from the child, significantly improving the reliability of the results and catching many children with problems that otherwise may not be identified until much later.
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A Tradition of Saving Sight Conexus, formerly known as Prevent Blindness Mid-Atlantic, was established in 1957 as the National Society to Prevent Blindness - Virginia Affiliate. Throughout our history, our name has changed to reflect our vision and reach, but our mission is clear: eliminating undetected and untreated vision problems as barriers to success, enabling all children to reach their fullest potential.