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Listening & Learning Study

As part of my Master in Clinical Audiology course, I, Gemma Savage, am conducting a study investigating listening skills and learning mechanisms in children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.


This study will be conducted under the supervision of A/Prof. Mridula Sharma, Prof. Linda Cupples and A/Prof. Melanie Porter. We would like to invite children aged 9-11y/o who are a part of your support group to participate in the research study. What the study involves: 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome is the most common genetic syndrome linked with Cleft Palate.

Cleft Palate increases the risk of developing otitis media, and this makes the population more susceptible to speech and language delays and learning difficulties. The aim of this investigation is to determine if children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome have differences in listening (auditory processing) and learning skills when compared to controls.

This research has the potential to provide benefit by identifying recommended areas of further research for these groups. Ultimately, we hope this research leads to a greater understanding of the challenges facing children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and to identify avenues that lead to successful outcomes to learn in the school environment.


Procedures: Children who participate in this study will undergo assessment at the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic, as per appointment booking.


This will take no more than 120 minutes and will come at no cost. We will assess listening and learning skills.


Who is conducting the study and where: This study is being undertaken by Gemma Savage, as part of her Masters of Clinical Audiology program, supervised by A/Prof Mridula Sharma. All parts of this study will be conducted within the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic (16 University Ave, Macquarie University NSW 2109).


Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. As a token of our appreciation all participants will be offered $20 for their time.



Please contact Ms. Gemma Savage or A/Prof. Mridula Sharma for further information.

A/Prof. Mridula Sharma & Ms. Gemma Savage Dept. of Linguistics Macquarie University

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