February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


  |  Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) In Children with Hearing Loss and Practical Suggestions for Audiologists

Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) In Children with Hearing Loss and Practical Suggestions for Audiologists

It has been documented that the incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased dramatically over the past two decades. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to recognize the characteristics of ASD in children who have a hearing loss due to concomitant deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication, and in social interactions. Because the audiologist likely will be one of the first professional referrals when the child shows delayed speech and language development, audiologists play a critical role in recognizing the characteristics of ASD, making the appropriate referrals, and then having the skills to serve the child appropriately. The population of ASD with coinciding hearing loss is underrepresented in the research literature, increasing the potential for audiologists to miss the red flags for timely diagnosis of ASD in children with hearing loss. In addition to recognizing the signs and symptoms of ASD, audiologists should be aware of effective strategies for obtaining audiological assessment data children with ASD. This presentation will provide an overview of the signs and symptoms of ASD, and will offer audiologists practical suggestions for serving children with ASD in the audiological setting (e.g., picture boards, role-playing, etc), including collaboration and the importance of making appropriate referrals.

  • Participants will identify the signs of ASD and the potential impact on obtaining audiologist assessment data.
  • Participants will discuss practical suggestions for providing audiological services to children who have ASD and coinciding hearing loss.
  • Participants will discuss the importance of interprofessional collaboration when serving children with hearing loss and ASD.

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Amber Zaddack (), Utah State University, amber.zaddack@aggiemail.usu.edu;
Amber was born and raised in central Wisconsin. Amber completed her undergraduate schooling at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). At UWSP, she received a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor in psychology and a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Family Life Education emphasis. She has always had a passion for working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She is now excited to be a graduate student, gaining a Listening and Spoken Language Emphasis from the Deaf Education program at Utah State University.


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