Pediatric Hearing Impairment, Autism, and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Clinicians Diagnosing comorbid conditions in pediatric hearing impairment (PHI) has long been an important yet challenging process. For example, this population has long been at risk for misdiagnosis of global intellectual disabilities (formerly mental retardation). In recent years, the expansion and rethinking of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) requires careful ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2013
Pediatric Hearing Impairment, Autism, and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Clinicians
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Stephen Camarata
    Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Nashville, TN
  • Disclosure: Financial: Stephen Camarata is the director of the Scottish Rite Child Language Disorders research program at the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University. He previously received research support for investigating sensory integration treatment in children with autism spectrum disorders and related services intervention for expressive and receptive language skills in children with autism spectrum disorders.
    Disclosure: Financial: Stephen Camarata is the director of the Scottish Rite Child Language Disorders research program at the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University. He previously received research support for investigating sensory integration treatment in children with autism spectrum disorders and related services intervention for expressive and receptive language skills in children with autism spectrum disorders.×
    Nonfinancial: Stephen Camarata has published a number of papers in this topic area, a number of which are referenced in this paper.
    Nonfinancial: Stephen Camarata has published a number of papers in this topic area, a number of which are referenced in this paper.×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2013
Pediatric Hearing Impairment, Autism, and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Clinicians
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2013, Vol. 23, 4-12. doi:10.1044/hhdc23.1.4
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2013, Vol. 23, 4-12. doi:10.1044/hhdc23.1.4

Diagnosing comorbid conditions in pediatric hearing impairment (PHI) has long been an important yet challenging process. For example, this population has long been at risk for misdiagnosis of global intellectual disabilities (formerly mental retardation). In recent years, the expansion and rethinking of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) requires careful consideration and evaluation in PHI. The purpose of this paper is to review the diagnostic criteria for autism and ASDs and discuss the potential confounds that may arise when applying these criteria to PHI, especially in those cases with significant receptive language disorder. Key diagnostic markers for ASD are discussed in the context of PHI.

Become a SIG Affiliate
Pay Per View
Entire SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood content & archive
24-hour access
This Issue
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access
We've Changed Our Publication Model...
The 19 individual SIG Perspectives publications have been relaunched as the new, all-in-one Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.