When Sally meets Harry, audiological testing of complex children

In this course you will gain an understanding of Autistic spectrum disorder, red flags and challenges to look for, screening tools to inform discussions with family or caregivers, as well as tips and strategies for discussing results and further investigation.


  • Friday, 30 November, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE18ASDA

Course Information

Hearing impairment is more common amongst children with developmental disabilities. However, the relative incidence of hearing loss and developmental disability such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), together with the advent of universal neonatal hearing screening, can result in hearing loss being overlooked.  In response to this, current diagnostic guidelines state that hearing loss must be ruled out in order for a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder to be made.  Hearing assessment is often the first step on the pathway towards a diagnosis of developmental disability, including ASD.  Hence, children and their parents present to clinics without a diagnosis of other conditions and without a clear understanding of the child’s specific needs.   Developmental disability poses challenges for child, parents, and audiologist alike, where the child may be unable to settle, communicate, follow directions, make responses, or maintain concentration.  If hearing loss can be ruled out, families may need to be encouraged to seek further assessments to support the development of their child.

In this course you will gain an understanding of Autistic spectrum disorder, red flags and challenges to look for, screening tools to inform discussions with family or caregivers, as well as tips and strategies for discussing results and further investigation.

Time Activity
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 11:00 Unpacking and Understanding Autism Spectrum – Helen Appleton
11:00 – 11:30 Morning Tea
11:30 – 12:30 Screening Tools and taking histories and questions to ask - Kim Ter-Horst and Genelle Cook
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Assessing Children who may be on the Spectrum -  Kim Ter-Horst
3:00- 3:30 Case reviews and role playing giving the results - Kim Ter-Horst
3:30 - 4:00 Keeping devices on children with complex needs
4:00 - 4:30 Looking after yourself
4:30 Close


PLEASE NOTE: if you have been notified of this event via Audiology Australia, please note that you will only gain accreditation if you attend in person. A recent advertisement via the Audiology Australia website indicated this course is online, when in fact it is only in person.





Audiology Australia have endorsed 'When Sally meets Harry' allocated the following CPD:
Endorsement number - CPD1819 039
CPD Points - 6.5 CPD points in total - 4.5 points in Category 1.1 and 2 points in Category 2.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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