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Autism screening questionnare

This is a screening questionnaire for adults with suspected autism and who do not have a learning disability.

This test is recommended in ‘Autism: recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum’ (NICE clinical guideline CG142). www.nice.org.uk/CG142

Key reference: Allison C, Auyeung B, and Baron-Cohen S, (2012) Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 51(2):202-12.

1. I often notice small sounds when others do not

 

2. I usually concentrate more on the whole picture, rather than the small details 

 

3. I find it easy to do more than one thing at once 

 

4. If there is an interruption, I can switch back to what I was doing very quickly

 

 

5. I find it easy to ‘read between the lines’ when someone is talking to me

 

 

6. I know how to tell if someone listening to me is getting bored

 

 

7. When I’m reading a story I find it difficult to work out the characters’ intentions

 

8. I like to collect information about categories of things (e.g. types of car, types of bird, types of train, types of plant etc) 

 

9. I find it easy to work out what someone is thinking or feeling just by looking at their face

 

10. I find it difficult to work out people’s intentions

 

How many legs on a typical dog? (e.g: 5)