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You Are Here Because you scored 75 or more in the ASD Questionnaire

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.

To access the 2013 updated DSM-5  click here

A Great Video Explaining Autism

Awareness Is Everything

It' good to keep in mind that because you or your child may have a few autism-like symptoms, it doesn’t always mean you or they have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is diagnosed based on the presence of multiple symptoms that disrupt a person’s ability to communicate, form relationships, explore and learn.

We have put some clarity to the various common disorders and their link to ASD and have compiled some information below which should help.

you often hear people say "they are on the spectrum" but are they?

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.

ADD/ADHD

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition where characteristics such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness prevent an individual from performing at their best. Often referred to as being on the spectrum but on it's own it is not.

Dyspraxia

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Dyspraxia is usually considered to be a difficulty with co-ordinating physical movements (fine and gross motor skills). It is sometimes referred to as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD). Dyspraxia itself is not a form of autism.

Dyslexia

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Dyslexics often display difficulties with phonology (the sounds of language), memory and information processing. They have difficulty understanding how to spell words and taking in meaning when reading, however it does not mean they have ASD.

Dyscalculia

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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

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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.  

Asperger’s syndrome

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ASD, formerly known as asperger’s syndrome, affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people in the world around them. While all people with autism often share different areas of difficulty they will be affected in various ways.