Short Autism Screening Test

by JM Eriksson, LM Andersen & S Bejerot

Use this short quiz to help you determine
if you might need to see a mental health professional for help with
an autism spectrum disorder.


Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have an autism spectrum disorder that needs professional attention. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. Please take the time to fill out the below form as accurately, honestly and completely as possible. All of your responses are confidential.

Please choose one of the following alternatives:
  • This is true or describes me now and when I was young.
  • This was true or describes me only now.
  • This was true only when I was young (16 years or younger).
  • This was never true and never described me.


I am a year old / /

Please choose a response for each of the following statements:

  True now & when I was young True only now True only when I was young Never true
It is difficult for me to understand how other people are feeling when we are talking
Some ordinary textures that do not bother others feel very offensive when they touch my skin.
It is very difficult for me to work and function in groups.
It is difficult to figure out what other people expect of me.
I often don't know how to act in social situations.
I can chat and make small talk with people.
When I feel overwhelmed by my senses, I have to isolate myself to shut them down.
How to make friends and socialize is a mystery to me.
When talking to someone, I have a hard time telling when it is my turn to talk or to listen.
Sometimes I have to cover my ears to block out painful noises (like vacuum cleaners or people talking too much or too loudly).
It can be very hard to read someone's face, hand, and body movements when we are talking.
I focus on details rather than the overall idea.
I take things too literally, so I often miss what people are trying to say.
I get extremely upset when the way I like to do things is suddenly changed.


RAADS-14-Screen, developed by JM Eriksson, LM Andersen & S Bejerot is an abridged version of Ritvo Autism and Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised (RAADS-R); Ritvo et al, J Autism Dev Disord. 2011;41:1076-89.


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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Nov 2016
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