An Explanation of the ASD Questionnaire Results
The Autistic-Spectrum Quotient questionnaire was created as a self-assessment screening tool to highlight individuals who have clinically significant levels of autistic traits. These traits could put them on the autistic spectrum and therefore help them seek out a full assessment, so they can access any comprehensive support that is on offer.
A score of 32 and above was shown to be a useful cut off for highlighting individuals who have clinical autistic traits as met by the DSM-IV (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Used as an indicator, the questionnaire showed that over 80% of those that scored 32+ went on to meet the DSM-IV categorisation, however they were not given an ASD diagnosis, due to the fact that they were not suffering any significant distress, such as depression, anxiety or behavioral problems that are often associated with a full diagnosis.
However, those who have a score of less that 32 may have a concern about one or two areas that may fall into the category of dyspraxia or dyslexia for example, where there are many management strategies and therapies on offer to help, including sound therapy.
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I guess like me you have heard it said many times "they are on the spectrum," maybe because of a specific difficulty, be it reading, an ability to focus, co-ordination, or other learning or emotional challenges.
However, to be on the autistic spectrum means a lot more than having one or two learning or behavioural challenges as set out below. Many of these are specific issues and can be helped with focused therapy, strategies that can include sound therapy. However, many of the issues such as dyspraxia, dyslexia and ADHD can also be seen in individuals that have an ASD diagnosis, but in combination with other disorders.
Often overlooked dyscalculia is when learners have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. but diagnosed on it's own is not seen as ASD.
Dysgraphia affects handwriting which can then lead to problems in spelling words in writing. That can then create difficulties in the learning of language like many issues can have an effect on other functions. It's often confused with dyslexia.