• Judith Kamau

Research on Successful Interventions for Auditory Processing Disorder and Autism

A research was carried out where children were required to have

a formal autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis made by a child neurologist or psychologist AND TO BE actively monitored by their physicians and school professionals at regular intervals;


To determine Biological changes in auditory function following training in children with autism spectrum disorders.


Children often show auditory processing deficits related to their overarching language impairment.



Researchers found out that Auditory training programs such as Fast ForWord Language may potentially alleviate these deficits through training-induced improvements in auditory processing.


The study evaluated the effectiveness of Fast ForWord for strengthening central auditory processing of speech sounds presented in quiet and background noise conditions in high-functioning children with ASD.


*Nicole M Russo1-3, Jane Hornickel1 Trent Nicol, Steven Zecker1, Nina Kraus1, 4,5

Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Department of Communication Sciences, Northwestern University, USA


Abstract


Background


Children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), such as children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), often show auditory processing deficits related to their overarching language impairment. Auditory training programs such as Fast ForWord Language may potentially alleviate these deficits through training-induced improvements in auditory processing.


Methods

To assess the impact of auditory training on auditory function in children with ASD, brainstem and cortical responses to speech sounds presented in quiet and noise were collected from five children with ASD who completed Fast ForWord training.


Results

Relative to six control children with ASD who did not complete Fast ForWord, training-related changes were found in brainstem response timing (three children) and pitch-tracking (one child), and cortical response timing (all five children) after Fast ForWord use.


Conclusions

These results provide an objective indication of the benefit of training on auditory function for some children with ASD.


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