Date of Degree

5-2019

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Au.D.

Program

Audiology

Advisor

Barbara Weinstein

Committee Members

Brett Martin

Subject Categories

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Abstract

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.

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