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Take our quick Autism test

Question 1

I prefer to do things on my own, rather than with others.

Question 2

I prefer doing things the same way - for instance my morning routine or trip to the supermarket

Question 3

I find myself becoming strongly absorbed in something – even obsessional

Question 4

I am very sensitive to noise and will wear earplugs or cover my ears in certain situations

Question 5

Sometimes people say I am being rude, even though I think I am being polite.

Question 6

I find it easy to imagine what characters from a book might look like.

Question 7

I find it easy to talk in groups of people

Question 8

I am more interested in finding out about ‘things’ than people

Question 9

I find numbers, dates and strings of information fascinating

Question 10

I prefer non-fiction books and films to fiction

Question 11

I find it upsetting if my daily routine is upset or changed

Question 12

It’s difficult for me to understand other people’s facial expression and body language

Question 13

I don’t have any problems making small talk with new people

Question 14

I notice very small changes in a person’s appearance

Question 15

When I was young I used to play lots of ‘let’s pretend’ or imaginary games

Question 16

I like collecting information about things I am interested in

Question 18

People close to me say I talk about the same things repeatedly

Question 19

I find it easy to work out what people are thinking or feeling just by looking at their facial expressions

Question 20

New social situations make me feel anxious

Question 21

It’s important to me to carefully plan any activities I am going to do

Question 22

I find it hard to work out what people’s intentions are

Question 23

I would find it really hard to play imaginary games with children

Question 24

I am a good diplomat and can help ease difficult social or work situations

Question 25

I am often the last person to understand a joke

Question 26

I like doing things spontaneously

Question 27

If I am interrupted doing something I find it hard to get back to what I was doing before hand

Question 28

I notice patterns in things all the time

Question 29

I have some very strong interests and get upset if I can’t pursue them

Question 30

I can tell if someone I am talking to is getting bored

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When answering the above questions please consider how much the statements apply to you.

The above 30 questions may be useful to understand if you are experiencing some of the common behaviours and thoughts associated with being on the Autistic Spectrum. The questions are based on an evidence-based screening tool – the Autism Spectrum Quotient – but are indicative only and do not form a formal diagnosis.

References: S. Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, R. Skinner, J. Martin and E. Clubley, (2001) The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) : Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism, Males and Females, Scientists and Mathematicians Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 31:5-17

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