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Autism and hearing loss: Recommendations for improved diagnostic evaluations and interventions

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Title: Autism and hearing loss: Recommendations for improved diagnostic evaluations and interventions
Creators: Nejman, Timothy
Contributors: Feth, Lawrence
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Series/Report no.: Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Doctor of Audiology Capstone Projects. 2009
Abstract: The goal of this paper is to review the existing literature about hearing loss and autism and make recommendations based upon these findings to improve diagnostic techniques, intervention programs, and hearing aid outcomes. Autism continues to be on the rise worldwide as well in the United States. Audiologists are typically the first professionals who have contact with a child who is suspected of autism. This paper examines the audiologist’s role in making appropriate referrals if they suspect a child has a developmental difficulties. In addition, the paper will examine the audiologist’s role in the management of children with hearing loss and autism. Also, the paper will discuss the audiologist’s role on a diagnostic/therapeutic team for a child suspected of a developmental disorder. The characteristics of autism and how they impact the audiological evaluation will be discussed. Specific recommendations will address modifications that can help improve the behavioral audiological process. Intervention and hearing aid plans that address the unique needs of children with hearing loss and autism will be examined. Finally, the paper will present recommendations for future study in the area of autism and hearing loss.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/49162
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