Friday, July 31, 2015

Healthy Students Going Back-to-School

Parents citywide know take advantage of Sales Tax Holiday Tax-free Weekend.  It's a great time to stickup on back-to-school items that lead to some pretty good savings. 

Although the exact dates for the Sales Tax Holiday change year-after-year, the fine the “Fine Print” - important information you should know about this tax-saving event are more consistent. Unfortunately one of the more common necessities kids need: backpacks priced under $100 sold for use by elementary and secondary students are exempt during the sales tax holiday.  You can view the Sales Tax Holiday criteria and exemption information online.

As you shuffle about town checking off items on your back-to-school to-do list, don't forget about the ears. What about the more important hearing exam? And special instructions for the school nurse?

The Texas Department of State Health Services states that children four years of age or older, who are enrolled in any facility for the first time, must be screened for possible vision and hearing problems within 120 calendar days of enrollment.  If a child is enrolled within 60 days of the date a facility closes for the Summer, the child’s vision and hearing must be tested within 120 days of the beginning of the following school year.  Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 36, which was passed in the 1983 Legislative Session, mandates hearing screening for preschool- and school-age children, as well as the standards for such screening.

There are four objectives in a hearing screening program:
  • Identify children who may need diagnostic examination,
  • Refer these children for professional examination and needed health services,
  • Follow-up on referrals in order to encourage that professional and medical recommendations are carried out,
  • Convey information to the educational staff concerning the child's hearing difficulty diagnosed by professional personnel, so that recommended adjustments can be made in the educational program.

Achieve Hearing offers speech-language pathology and audiological services, as well as hearing aids for children and adults of all ages. The Achieve Hearing staff includes an Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologists that are licensed in the state of Texas and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Parents in Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Prosper, and Dallas call upon Achieve Hearing to work patiently with you to adjust your hearing aid to your specific needs until you are satisfied.  We have prepared a list facts about hearing aids on our website as well as our online hearing exam.

Let's make this year one of the most enjoyable yet for students of all ages by keeping them on the right track.  If you are in doubt you child's hearing, call Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation for guidance.  

We have two locations to better serve you:
Call 972.608.0416 or email your questions about speech therapy or hearing aids to

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