Auditory deficits in autism

Project Details

Autism is a high incidence neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by a range of behavioural symptoms including: (i) social interaction impairment (ii) communication deficit (iii) restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of activity/interests. Furthermore, a range of sensory symptoms are frequently reported - especially  in the auditory domain (Kanner, 1943).  This project will explore the mechanisms by which auditory perception is affected in autism and use novel intervention strategies to ameliorate the resulting listening, social interaction and academic challenges faced by affected children and adults.


  • Donella Chisari, Tutor (PhD Candidate)
  • Jean-Loup Rault, Senior Lecturer
  • Collaborators

    • Dr Kerryn Saunders (Monash University)
    • Phonak Org.


    • Sonova Org
    • Jack Brockhoff Foundation
    • Collier Foundation
    • Deafness Foundation

    Research Publications

    Rance G, Chisari D, Saunders K, Rault JL (2017).  Reducing Listening-Related Stress in School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 47(7), 2010-2022.

    Rance G. (2014). Wireless Technology for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Seminars in Hearing, 35, 217-226.

    Rance G, Saunders K, Carew P, Johansson M, Tan J. (2014).  The Use of Listening Devices to Ameliorate Auditory Deficit in Children with Autism.  Journal of Pediatrics, 164, 352-357.

    Research Group

    Identification and Management of Hearing Disorders

    Faculty Research Themes


    Key Contact

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    Department / Centre

    Audiology and Speech Pathology

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