Audiologists to Play a Bigger Role in Autism Management

Auditory processing factors can signal Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a diverse neurodevelopmental condition that typically manifests as challenges with social-pragmatic language, theory of mind, and emotional understanding.

Early results for new research provides strong evidence that unreliable auditory processing characterizes many cases of ASD. These results also show that audiologists can play a more active role in managing ASD cases. The idea that auditory processing can be disrupted, and perhaps contribute to some of the social and language difficulties experienced by ASD individuals, suggests that a broader consideration of auditory skills can help manage cases of ASD. Audiologists have the expertise to play this active role in ASD management.

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