I have just been emailed this questionnaire to fill in on in relation to a student that I teach. If you have a moment... read the questions. Would you score yourself 20/27 or more?
The thread subject relates to Question 14!!
Appendix II The High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ)
(A score over 20 would indicate that the patient should be referred for detailed assessment).
This child stands out from other children of his/her age in the following way;
1 is old-fashioned or precocious
2 is regarded as an ‘eccentric professor’ by the other children
3 lives somewhat in a world of his/her own with restricted idiosyncratic intellectual interests
4 accumulates facts on certain subjects (good rote memory) but does not really understand the meaning
5 has a literal understanding of ambiguous and metaphoric language
6 has a deviant style of communication with a formal, fussy, ‘old-fashioned’ or ‘robot- like’ language
7 invents idiosyncratic words and expressions
8 has a different voice or speech
9 expresses sounds involuntarily; clears throat, grunts, smacks, cries or screams
10 is surprisingly good at some things and surprisingly poor at others
11 uses language freely but fails to make adjustments to fit social contexts or the needs of different listeners
12 lacks empathy
13 makes naïve and embarrassing remarks
14 has a deviant style of gaze
15 wishes to be sociable but fails to make relationships with peers
16 can be with other children but only on his/her terms
17 lacks best friend
18 lacks common sense
19 is poor at games; no idea of cooperating in a team, scores ‘own goals’
20 has clumsy, ill coordinated, ungainly, awkward movements or gestures
21 has involuntary face or body movements
22 has difficulties in completing simple daily activities because of compulsory repetition of certain actions or thoughts
23 has special routines; insists on no change
24 shows idiosyncratic attachment to objects
25 is bullied by other children
26 has markedly unusual facial expression
27 has markedly unusual posture
I was bullied a lot at school, but became quite proficient at giving my tormentors an 'Evil Eye Stare' of such condensed hatred that it use to really creep them out, not sure if that counts as a 'Deviant Gaze' but I would like to think so .
My partner has one of those looks! It quite clearly spells impending doom for the person on the receiving end! And he is what is nt although trying to get diagnosis for our daughter has started him questioning himself
Always so easy to recognise in others what we fail to recognise in ourselves... Autism runs in families, so I hope your partner celebrates his uniqueness if he is diagnosed with Autism... Tell him welcome to the clan! ;-)
Ditto for your daughter... x
I have it too - it’s a shame that to survive at school - you have to be a recluse or - stand up to bully’s and be ‘made into a Hard nut’
I would have much rather been able to study my interests than spend time defending myself against bully’s - teachers and police, authority in general.
School is an abuse system - designed to degrade and demoralise those that don’t fit.
Education - schooling is the root of all evil. It’s child abuse to autistics.