Krupa VenkatramanSri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, India
Title: Synaesthesia in children with autism - observations related to language evaluation and therapy
Synaesthesia is a non-pathological sensory perception that happens when a particular sensory stimulus elicits a sensory response in another modality. Eg, hearing a word results in the perception of colours. Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, is characterised by differences in sensory perception (Hyper/hypo). Some research has been done to understand the co-existence of synaesthesia in autism . Although autism and synaesthesia seem unrelated, the prevalence of synaesthesia in autism is three times higher than in the general population . This could be attributed to the excessive neuronal connections and activities in both conditions. Based on clinical observations and case studies, the presentation talks about how some of the problems children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have with processing their senses are similar to synaesthesia. The talk also focuses on understanding and using these similarities to help children with ASD develop their language skills.
Krupa Venkatraman completed her PhD at the age of 34 years from Annamalai University, India. She is an Assistant professor in the Department of Speech-language pathology, at Sri Ramachandra Faculty of Audiology and Speech, Language Pathology, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, India. She has a decade of experience as a clinician. She had served as the director of Sriram Speech and Hearing Clinic, in India. She has published her PhD research in a “Q1” journal and has started venturing into academia in April 2022.