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Self-perception questionnaire of auditory skills in children with behavioral dysphonia

Grant number: 21/05572-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2021
Effective date (End): July 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Principal Investigator:Maria Isabel Ramos Do Amaral
Grantee:Ana Carolina Pinto Lemos
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (FCM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


It is well known that the auditory abilities of temporal resolution and temporal ordering are involved in voice processing, self-monitoring, and voice production and also that the Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) can occur associated with different conditions in childhood, including behavioral dysphonia. The use of a self-perception questionnaire in auditory processing screening batteries has been recommended by clinical guidelines as it is a complimentary assessment measure, obtained in a fast and simple way. Purpose: analyses and discuss the use of a self-perception questionnaire on auditory skills applied to children with behavioral dysphonia, by comparing the perception of the vocal symptom with the performance in temporal auditory processing tests. Methods: This is a quantitative, descriptive, and transversal study, submitted to the Institution's Research Ethics Committee (#4.734.688). Children from 6 to 8 years old, of both sexes, native speakers of Portuguese, with a confirmed diagnosis of behavioral dysphonia and that have not initiated the process of vocal rehabilitation will be included. Children with peripheral hearing loss, severe visual impairment, language disorders or neurodevelopmental disorders will not be included. Data collection will consist of the following procedures: "Pediatric vocal symptoms questionnaire- QSV-P" applied to child and parent; self-perception questionnaire of auditory skills (QAPAC) inserted into the online program AudBility - applied to the child and parents; basic audiological evaluation and behavioral evaluation of the temporal auditory processing. Statistical analysis will be conducted. Results: it is predicted that this study can contribute to the improvement of clinical protocols in voice and auditory processing fields, contribute to the validation data of the questionnaire for clinical use since it is inserted in a new screening program, as well as for the effects of vocal rehabilitation planning for children with vocal complaints.

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