Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 1705–1716 | Cite as

Utility of the Social Communication Questionnaire-Current and Social Responsiveness Scale as Teacher-Report Screening Tools for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • G. Thomas SchandingJr.Email author
  • Kerri P. Nowell
  • Robin P. Goin-Kochel
Original paper


Limited research exists regarding the role of teachers in screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The current study examined the use of the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) and Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) as completed by parents and teachers about school-age children from the Simons Simplex Collection. Using the recommended cutoff scores in the manuals and extant literature, the teacher-completed SCQ and SRS yielded lower sensitivity and specificity values than would be desirable; however, lowering the cutoff scores on both instruments improved sensitivity and specificity to more adequate levels for screening purposes. Using the adjusted cutoff scores, the SRS teacher form appears to be a slightly better screener than the SCQ. Implications and limitations are discussed, as well as areas for future research.


Autism spectrum disorders Asperger’s Syndrome PDD-NOS Screening Teachers SCQ SRS 



This research was supported by a grant from the Simons Foundation (SFARI SSC-15 to R. Goin-Kochel and A. Beaudet). We are grateful to all of the families at the participating SFARI Simplex Collection (SSC) sites, as well as the principal investigators (A. Beaudet, R. Bernier, J. Constantino, E. Cook, E. Fombonne, D. Geschwind, D. Grice, A. Klin, D. Ledbetter, C. Lord, C. Martin, D. Martin, R. Maxim, J. Miles, O. Ousley, B. Peterson, J. Piggot, C. Saulnier, M. State, W. Stone, J. Sutcliffe, C. Walsh, E. Wijsman). We appreciate obtaining access to phenotypic data on SFARI Base. Approved researchers can obtain the SSC population dataset described in this study ([sfari_collection_v8_2]/ui:view()) by applying at


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Thomas SchandingJr.
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kerri P. Nowell
    • 1
  • Robin P. Goin-Kochel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Psychology Section, Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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