Screening tools to identify hearing and communication difficulties in young children for early intervention


The PLUM and HATS are a set of two simple checklists. They help health and early childhood workers ask the right questions to parents/carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under the age of six, in order to find out how bub’s listening and yarning skills are growing. This allows timely identification of those who are risk of listening and communication problems, and facilitate referral to hearing assessment and rehabilitation, ENT specialist, and/or speech-language assessment.

Featured on SBS radio and various media shares, the official website for Parent-evaluated Listening and Understanding Measure (PLUM) and the Hearing and Talking Scale (HATS) are screening tools that are co-designed by researchers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health workers and early educators to identify hearing and communication difficulties in young children so that they can receive early intervention.  

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