The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the severity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children and their auditory processing abilities. Children with ASD and children who are neurotypical were both administered the SCAN-3:C Tests for Auditory Processing Disorders (SCAN-3:C) and the Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community (ABC-C) to observe severity ratings for auditory processing deficits and ASD respectively. The results showed that the children with ASD performed worse on the SCAN-3:C than their peers who are neurotypical. Also, this study found that the more severe a child’s ASD was on the ABC-C, the better the child performed on the SCAN-3:C. The major conclusions were that children with ASD perform worse on the SCAN-3:C than children who are neurotypical, which makes the SCAN-3:C a valid measure to assess how a child with ASD processes auditory speech stimuli and the SCAN-3:C may be able to help diagnose ASD.


Goldberg, Don

Second Advisor

Johnson, Michelle


Communication Studies


Autism Spectrum Disorder, Auditory Processing, Auditory Processing Disorder

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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