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Page 14 School Report November 18, 1982 Hearing and vision tests are given to students throughout their years in the Cheney school system. Health services provived Health services in schools are based on the belief that healthy children are better equipped to benefit from the educational ex- perience. School personnel are concerned about students with special health needs, and, in some cases, educational pro- grams are being adapted for them. The most visible of the health services are the screening pro- grams. Vision screening is done each year for students in grades, K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Students in the other grades are screened if they are in a special education program, are new to the Cheney School Dist- rict or are referred by a teacher or parent. Parent volunteers assist in the initial screening using an illumi- nated Snellen chart. Those stu- dents who fail are rechecked by the school nurse. Many students pass the second screening, but if they do not, the school nurse sends a recommendation for a professional eye exam to the parent. Hearing screening is done each year for students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9. Students in the other grades are screened as in vision screening. The school nurse and her aide do the individual screen- ing with a Beltone Audiometer. Parent volunteers assist in the initial screening. The recheck and referral for further evalua- tion is the same as the vision screening, Scoliosis screening is done for students in grades 5-8 in physical education classes. The purpose is early detection of spinal curva- tures which can result in de- formity and medical complica- tions if left untreated. The physical education teachers and the school nurse conduct the screening. Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children and St. Luke's Hospital have provided staff and volunteers for a Moire Camera screening and spinal X-rays at no charge to the students. (The Moire Camera gives a "topo- graphy" picture of the back muscles and does not use radia- tion). The Washington State Immu- nization Law affects students in all grades. The law has resulted in a reduced incidence of the preventable communicable diseases. The school nurse and her aide check all records, notify parents, and work with the principals to achieve compliance with the law. First aid is alway available for students who become ill or injur- ed at school. Procedures estab- lished by the health officer at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction are followed by school staff who have comp- leted first aid courses. The school nurse assists in emergencies when she is available, and con- sults with staff about students who have special first aid needs. Several health services pro- grams are less visible to the public and include identification of students with health problems, health counseling with individual students, parents and teachers, home visits, referrals to com- munity agencies, staff inservice and classroom health education presentations, and special educa- tion programs for those who are visually, hearing or health im- paired. Special Olympics is a physical training program for the ment- ally and physically handicapped. It contributes to an individual's physical, social and psychologi- cal development. It builds confi- dence, success and a positive self-image! This program is organized like the International Olympics where the participants compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in area meets to state meets and finally, the Interna- tional Games, being held this summer in Baton Rouge, LA. In Special Olympics competition, all contestants receive ribbons whether they win or not. The idea here being on participation and attempt, rather than perfection and winning ! The Special Olympics brings out that sparkle in the eyes that don't always shine, and most of all, that happy smile that en- compasses each and every in- dividual who crosses the finish line. The Special Olympics Oath really puts into perspective its goal: "Let me win, but, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt !" Special 0 helps self-" Special education stduents at Cheney High School participate in Special Olympics District helps hearing " Can you imagine trying to take notes in history and not being able to look at your paper for fear you will miss something the teacher is saying? Have you ever tried to take part in a class discussion when you can't hear what the kids sitting behind you have already said? Or what about trying to pass a spelling test when you can only see the spoken words, not hear them? Im- possible? Perhaps, but these are only a few of the situations faced daily by hearing impaired child- ren in the classroom. For them learning is primarily a visual experience and they are con- stantly faced with using their eyes to pick up information that is given auditorally. The Hearing Impaired Pro- gram presently serves six stu- Junior High starts parent/tutor program Cheney Junior High has started a parent tutor program for stu- dents having difficulty with math and language arts. The program was piloted last spring with seven volunteers - parent tutors work- ing with as many as fifteen students. failing grade and a passing grade. The parents that have participated as tutors have in- dicated that the experience was one of the most rewarding they have had in a long time. There is a growing interest in Cheney for parenting programs. Several groups have formed to bring in programs and speakers which can provide tools in this difficult process of helping our children to become responsible members of our community. Counselors at Cheney Junior High will be presenting a pro- gram called Parenting the Adolescent. Mr. Steve Wentworth and Mrs. Pat Gardner piloted a nine-week series last spring at Sunset Ele- mentary School in Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P.). The  response was enthusiastic. P.T.O. groups from Sunset and the junior high have purchased the S.T.E.P. kit, and counselors are hopeful that enough interested parents will be found to form some S.T.E.P. parenting groups. Systematic Training for Effective Parenting was designed by Dr. Don Dirk- meyer and Dr. Gary McKay. The nine sessions are two hours long and help parents: 1) Work to- gether in small groups sharing experiences of common concern; 2) Identify typical responses to family problem situations on pre- recorded tapes; 3) Identify alternative approaches; and 4) Learn and practice specific child training techniques. If you are interested in be- coming a volunteer, please con- tact the counselors at Cheney Jr. High, your local school P.T.O. or your principal. This year, the program is under the direction of Mrs. Robbie Erickson. Students that are in need are matched with a parent, who is given an in- service by either the language arts department or the math department at the junior high. Following the inservice, the stu- dent and parent volunteers meet once or twice per week, usually Tuesday or Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. Many students have found that the extra time with the tutor has made the difference between a dents who are part of regular classrooms. They receive the services of the Hearing Impaired Specialists, Terry Kelly, who provides varying degrees of service based on each child's particular needs. They may be seen one hour a week to work on sign language and vocabulary development, or they may meet periodically to talk with the specialist about the cause of their hearing loss, how they feel about it, and problems it causes at school. For other hearing im- paired students, Mrs. Kelly monitors academic progress on a monthly basis. The hearing impaired special- ist also evaluates each stu- dents' lip reading ability and checks to make sure recent, valid hearing evaluations are done. In addition to working directly with the students, the specialist provides information and support to the ready this fall, serving a has had an information a hearing loss, implications child. The perform rou tine while they way, they the effort their forth. The able answer ( ers plan provide the experience for paired child. A was recently vide an teacher more familiar and the hearing Teaching students with hearing difficulties is s Cheney School District educational program.