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Speech Pathology and Audiology
As the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can mimic those of hearing loss, an audiologic evaluation is often a component of the differential diagnostic process. These audiologic evaluations can be complicated by social communication deficits, as well as sensory issues demonstrated by individuals with ASD. Typical testing procedures may need to be adapted, as well as multiple appointments may be needed, to obtain sufficient audiologic information. Although there is an abundance of literature suggesting that alternative approaches (i.e. visual schedules, social stories) should be utilized in the audiologic evaluation, there has yet to be a comprehensive toolkit for audiologists to use.
This intervention toolkit was designed to facilitate an audiologic evaluation for individuals with ASD. It was intended to fill literature-identified gaps in the audiological assessment of individuals with ASD. This toolkit was created with three goals in mind: (1) to educate audiologists on the unique needs of individuals with ASD; (2) to create ASD specific resources for audiologists to use throughout the audiologic evaluation; (3) to optimize patient and family care throughout the audiologic evaluation.
Rosenthal, Melanie, "Caring for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Toolkit for Audiologists" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.