Audiologic management of listening related challenges in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Saturday 2nd December, 2017




Saturday 2nd December, 2017


University of Melbourne,
Dept. of Audiology & Speech Pathology,
550 Swanston Street,
Carlton, VIC 3053


8.30am registration for a 9am start. Concludes at 5.00pm


No charge. Limited numbers, be quick to register.

The morning session is for healthcare professionals.
The afternoon session is designed for children with ASD and their families.
Professionals are very welcome to stay.

Hosted by the University of Melbourne and Phonak.


(03) 9035 5363 or 0400 726 693

About the seminar

It has been well established that many children with ASD have greater difficulties processing speech in the presence of background noise compared to their peers.

Research has shown that wireless communication systems deliver a much clearer auditory signal to the ear and in doing so can improve listening and communication skills in these children.

The morning seminar explores the latest research in this area.

The afternoon workshop covers management options currently available for children with ASD to use in their classroom, social and home settings. It will be an informal and interactive session.

Who should attend

The morning session of this seminar is aimed at Speech Pathologists, Developmental Paediatricians, Paediatric Neurologists and other health professionals who work closely with children with ASD and are interested in learning more about the audiologic implications and management options available.

The afternoon workshop is designed for children with ASD and their families/carers to learn more about management options and outcomes in an informal and practical setting. Professionals are encouraged to stay, if interested.


8:30am Please sign in at the registration desk
9:00 – 9:15am Welcome address
9:15 – 10:00am Speaker 1
10:00 – 10:30am Morning Tea
10:30 – 11:15am Speaker 2
11:15 – 12:00am Speaker 3
12:00 – 12:30pm Q&A session
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
2:00 – 5:00pm Session for families, small group discussions, meeting the experts, networking

Keynote Speakers

Suzanne Purdy

Suzanne Purdy

Head of Speech Science, School of Psychology, University of Auckland

Suzanne Purdy (PhD, MSc, DipAud, MNZAS, FAAA, MAudSA, MNZSTA) is Professor and Head of Speech Science in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her academic background is in psychology, speech science and audiology and she has a longstanding interest in communication and auditory processing disorders and auditory electrophysiology.

Suzanne has worked clinically as an audiologist and has been an academic and researcher since completing her PhD at the University of Iowa in 1990. Suzanne is particularly interested in auditory and speech processing in children.

Current research areas include auditory processing disorder, auditory electrophysiology, hearing loss in children and adults, perception and production of speech prosody in hearing loss and autism spectrum disorder, voice disorders in teachers and choral singing therapy for people with neurological disease.

Gary Rance

Gary Rance

Director of Academic Programs & Coordinator of Clinical Research, Dept. of Audiology & Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Gary Rance is an audiologist, a full-time researcher and teacher at the University of Melbourne and a part-time sculptor.

He is currently Director of Academic Programs and Coordinator of Clinical Research for the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology and holds the Wagstaff Research Fellowship.

Gary’s current research areas involve various aspects of auditory evoked potential measurement, assessment of long-term communication outcomes in hearing impaired children and the diagnosis and management of auditory pathway disorder.

Kerryn Saunders

Kerryn Saunders

Developmental Paediatrician

Dr Saunders is a Developmental Paediatrician who began working with children with hearing loss and their families and those with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1985.

For over 23 years she has co-ordinated a multi-disciplinary service for children with hearing loss, currently three paediatric outpatient clinics, including a combined Paediatric-Geneticclinic, at the Monash Children’s Hospital. For 20 years she was Head of the Communication Clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital, working with children with a range of language and communication disorders and Paediatrician to the Royal Children’s Hospital Travancore Autism Assessment Program. She has been Paediatrician to the Cochlear Implant Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital and a member of the Inaugural Victorian Universal Infant Hearing Screening Program Committee.

Research topic presentations and publications have included Universal Newborn Infant Hearing Screening, hearing loss in preterm infants, the genetics of hearing loss, targeted newborn CMV screening, congenital CMV and auditory neuropathy, auditory processing in children with ASD, upper limb and gait analysis in children with high functioning ASD, long term developmental follow up of infants born extremely prematurely and developmental outcomes in children conceived through Assisted Reproductive Techniques. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University and the current Deafness Foundation Peter Howson Research Fellow. Dr Saunders also works in metropolitan and rural private practice.

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