Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ)

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Hello- My name is Renee Lake and I am currently a third year doctoral student at the Ohio State University in the School Psychology Program. I'm also working as an intern at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. I'm here today to talk to you about the Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire or ASSQ.

The Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire is a rating scale designed to be used to detect social impairment and screen for symptoms related to autism and other high-functioning disorders in children between the ages of 6-17. It was designed to be completed by teachers or parents.

The tool contains 27 items that asks the rater to indicate in what way their child or student differs from other children their age. The rater responds to the statement by checking no, somewhat, or yes based on their agreement or disagreement of the statements provided.

These 27 items are rated on a 3-point scale (0 indicating normality, 1 some abnormality, and 2 definite abnormality).
After the ASSQ is completed these values are summed yielding a total score with a range of possible scores from 0-54. A score of 13 for parent ratings and 11 for teacher ratings suggest some degree of social impairment in children. A score of 19 or greater for parents and 22 or greater for teachers may suggest the presence of autism spectrum disorders.

It is important to note that the ASSQ was designed as a screening tool and should not be used as a diagnostic tool. Screening tools are used to help guide an assessment and may indicate the need for additional assessments. As with any measure, the ASSQ should not be used in isolation. The ASSQ can be used to make decisions about the need for additional assessments in the area of autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire is available through the OCALI lending library.

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