Help with sight and hearing issues

Where to start

How to identify sight issues

It is common for a child to have a problem with their eyesight. Your child may:

  • complain of headaches or sore eyes
  • find things difficult at school and fall behind with their work
  • have more falls than you would expect for a child their age

How to identify hearing issues

It is common for a child to have a hearing problem. Your child may:

  • mishear things or not respond when you talk
  • become quieter than usual or withdrawn
  • become frustrated 
  • not have speech as clear as it was or not talking
  • find things difficult at school and fall behind with their work

Where to get help

If your child is at nursery or school, talk to someone who knows them well about your concerns. 

Ask to speak with the SENDCo at your child's school or nursery. They work with and help children who need extra support. 

It would help if you took your child to your doctor, who will refer them to a specialist at the hospital.

Your health visitor is also available until your child is 6 (until the end of your child's Reception year at school). They will help you to understand the issues and help you to decide the best course of action. 

Get further help

Vision

Hearing