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


University of Auckland Science of Psychology is seeking children who have ASD, with no hearing difficulties, aged 7-12 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. The research group wants to see if there is a relationship between auditory processing and functional language in children with ASD.

This study requires up to 2 hours of participant time. This can be done in one or two sessions, as preferred by the participant. It will include:

  • A basic hearing screen.
  • An assessment of non-verbal intelligence.
  • A language assessment that looks at spoken language comprehension.
  • Two listening assessments with different patterns of tones.
  • A social perception assessment looking at understanding of communicative speech cues.
  • A prosody assessment looking at understanding of stress, intonation, and emotion in speech.
  • Parent/caregiver questionnaires about autism symptoms, communication skills, and sensory sensitivities.

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

The study hopes to gain a better understanding of communication difficulties in children with ASD and to explore whether they are related to auditory processing problems.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact:

Primary Contacts

Alina Rahimi

Jasmine Khorasanee

Secondary Contacts

Dr Joan Leung

Professor Suzanne Purdy

Liz Fairgray


APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON May 16th 2018 for 3 years from May 16th 2018 to December 31st 2021 (extension granted). Reference Number 020981


Published 8 September 2021