Free Symptom Questionnaire May Help Indicate Whether a Child Has Autism

Summary: A freely available new questionnaire of measures of autism symptoms can help screen for ASD and monitor symptoms over time.

Source: Wiley

Investigators have developed a freely available measure of autism symptoms that can help to screen for autism and monitor changes over time in symptoms.

Research on the development and validation of the Autism Symptom Dimension Questionnaire (ASDQ) is published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

The questionnaire was found to be reliable and valid for evaluating autism symptoms across age, sex, race, and ethnicity. Image is in the public domain

After development of an initial 33-item version, a revised 39-item version of the ASDQ (available at https://prolific.co/) was applied to 1,467 children and adolescents, including 104 with autism spectrum disorder.

The questionnaire was found to be reliable and valid for evaluating autism symptoms across age, sex, race, and ethnicity.

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“Having a freely available and modern measure of autism symptoms can greatly improve clinical practice and advance research into autism spectrum disorder,” said corresponding author Thomas W. Frazier, PhD, of John Carroll University.

About this autism research news

Author: Sara Henning-Stout
Source: Wiley
Contact: Sara Henning-Stout – Wiley
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Original Research: The findings will appear in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

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