Newborn Auditory Brainstem Responses in Children with Developmental Disabilities

Christine F. Delgado, Elizabeth A. Simpson, Guangyu Zeng, Rafael E. Delgado, Oren Miron

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We integrated data from a newborn hearing screening database and a preschool disability database to examine the relationship between newborn click evoked auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) and developmental disabilities. This sample included children with developmental delay (n = 2992), speech impairment (SI, n = 905), language impairment (n = 566), autism spectrum disorder (ASD, n = 370), and comparison children (n = 128,181). We compared the phase of the ABR waveform, a measure of sound processing latency, across groups. Children with SI and children with ASD had greater newborn ABR phase values than both the comparison group and the developmental delay group. Newborns later diagnosed with SI or ASD have slower neurological responses to auditory stimuli, suggesting sensory differences at birth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-788
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2023


  • Auditory brainstem response
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Early identification
  • Speech impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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