Do you have concerns that you or someone you know may have autism? Our quick autism test can help you determine if you, or someone you love, might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of autism or Asperger’s.
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 younger (16 years or younger).
- This was never true and never described me.
Learn More About Autism
A person with an autism spectrum disorder displays problems with both verbal and nonverbal communication. They also often have a problem in engaging with others emotionally, making eye contact, or understanding the subtleties of give-and-take conversation between two people. They sometimes have problems empathizing with others and expressing their own feelings or thoughts.
Symptoms for this disorder also include abnormal behaviors, characterized by repetitive or restricted behaviors. These might be evidenced by rigid routines, very specific interests or hobbies, and an extreme sensitivity to stimuli in their environment (such as loud noises or bright, flashing lights).
The mildest form of autism spectrum disorder used to be known as Asperger’s syndrome.
Learn more: Autism spectrum disorder symptoms
Learn more: Autism spectrum disorders in-depth
Treatment of Autism
Treatment of autism varies depending on whether the person is an adult or child. Adult treatment of autism is focused on specific types of psychotherapy. Autism treatment in children has many different, complementary approaches that focus on helping the child learn to strengthen their language, social, and cognitive skills, while promoting positive relationships.
Medications may also be prescribed in the treatment of this condition.
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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