Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 129–141 | Cite as

A Screening Questionnaire for Asperger Syndrome and Other High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders in School Age Children

  • Stephan Ehlers
  • Christopher Gillberg
  • Lorna Wing

Abstract

The high-functioning Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ) is a 27-item checklist for completion by lay informants when assessing symptoms characteristic of Asperger syndrome and other high-functioning autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents with normal intelligence or mild mental retardation. Data for parent and teacher ratings in a clinical sample are presented along with various measures of reliability and validity. Optimal cutoff scores were estimated, using Receiver Operating Characteristic analysis. Findings indicate that the ASSQ is a useful brief screening device for the identification of autism spectrum disorders in clinical settings.

Asperger syndrome autism spectrum disorders children screening questionnaire 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephan Ehlers
    • 1
  • Christopher Gillberg
    • 1
  • Lorna Wing
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryGöteborg University, Sahlgren University Hospital, Annedals ClinicsGöteborgSweden
  2. 2.Centre for Social and Communication DisordersBromleyUnited Kingdom

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