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Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

pp 342-343

Autism Behavior Checklist

  • Arlette CassidyAffiliated withPsychologist, The Gengras Center, University of Saint Joseph Email author 




The Autism Behavior Checklist (ABC) is one component of the Autism Screening Instrument for Educational Planning (ASIEP) and is the only one that has been evaluated psychometrically. The ABC is a 57-item behavior rating scale assessing the behaviors and symptoms of autism for children 3 and older. The instrument consists of a list of 57 questions divided into five categories: (1) sensory, (2) relating, (3) body and object use, (4) language, and (5) social and self-help. Each item has a weighted score ranging from 1 to 4. The ABC is designed to be completed independently by a parent or a teacher familiar with the child for at least 3–6 weeks. It should take from 10 to 20 min to complete. The protocol is then returned to a trained professional for scoring and interpretation.

Historical Background

The Autism Behavior Checklist (ABC) was published in 1980 and is part of a broader tool, the Autism Screening Instrument for Education ...

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