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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has a major impact on the development of communication skills in children. Luckily, there is a management strategy proven to help. The easy-to-use Roger™ Focus cuts out distracting noise and can enhance children’s auditory function in the classroom, at home and in social situations1.

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Gary Rance, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology, The University of Melbourne
“In our study of school-aged children with ASD using Roger technology, children could hear the teacher’s words and communicate with their fellow students better. They were generally more engaged in classroom activities than without the wireless microphone technology. Most children also wanted to keep using their Roger devices after the trial.”
Gary Rance, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology, The University of Melbourne
(03) 9111 2621
17% better speech perception and speech recognition2
Enhance children's attentiveness, understanding and behaviour2
Improve children’s ability to listen and concentrate3
Testing has found that the speech understanding of children who wore Roger Focus improved by an average of 53% compared to children who didn’t wear the technology4.

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1. Schafer, E. C. et al. (2016). Assistive technology evaluations: Remote-microphone technology for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Communication Disorders, 64, 1–17.
2. Rance, G., Saunders, K., Carew, P., Johansson, M., & Tan, J. (2014). The use of listening devices to ameliorate auditory deficit in children with autism. The Journal of Pediatrics, 164(2), 352–357.
3. Reynolds, S., Kuhaneck, H.M., & Pfeiffer, B. (2016). Systematic review of the effectiveness of frequency modulation devices in improving academic outcomes in children with auditory processing difficulties. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(1), 7Q01220030p1-7001220030p11.
4. Jones, C. (2014). Roger Focus for school children. Phonak Field Study News
5. Ashburner, J., Rodger, S., & Ziviani, J. (2008). Sensory processing and classroom emotional, behavioral, and educational outcomes in children with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 564-573.

The University of Melbourne, Department of Audiology

We are your multidisciplinary team of audiologists and researchers. Together, we aim to provide evidence-based clinical care that is tailored to your needs and delivered in a caring, safe, and welcoming environment. Our services include a dedicated clinic for the management of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

University of Melbourne
(03) 9111 2621
The Autism clinic at the University of Melbourne’s Audiology & Speech Pathology centre assesses your child’s listening skills and offers a free trial of the Roger management listening system to those children needing assistance.

Many children with ASD find it particularly difficult to listen effectively in noisy environments like classrooms2

This can make paying attention to their teacher’s voices very challenging. It is important that we identify and manage listening challenges in school-aged children given that the ability to process speech and maintain concentration are two of the most significant predictors of academic performance5

Roger™ technology by Phonak can help children with ASD pay attention to, and understand speech in the presence of distracting background noise.

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