Auditory Processing and Functional Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

We are seeking children who have ASD, with no hearing difficulties, aged 4-12 years old, who live in Auckland.

Auditory processing deficits have been demonstrated in children with ASD. This may play a role in the communication difficulties children with ASD experience. We want see if there is a relationship between auditory processing and functional language in children with ASD.

This study requires one assessment session, taking about 2 hours. It will include:

  • A language assessment that looks at spoken language production and understanding.
  • A prosody assessment that looks at understanding of stress, intonation and emotion in speech.
  • Two listening assessments, one with digits in noise and one with sentences in noise to assess speech processing with background noise.
  • A hearing screen.

A $20 voucher will be given to you upon completion of your participation in the project.

By doing this research we hope to gain a better understanding of communication difficulties in children with ASD and to explore whether communication difficulties are related to auditory processing problems.


If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact:
Primary Contact
Cicely Alderson-Hughes [email protected]
Secondary Contacts
Dr Joan Leung [email protected]
Professor Suzanne Purdy [email protected]


APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON May 16th 2018 for 3 years from May 16th 2018 to May 16th 2021. Reference Number 020981