Do I possess a "Deviant Style of Gaze"??????

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!!

  1. 1.
    departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour.
    "deviant behaviour"
    synonyms: aberrantdeviating, divergentabnormalatypicaluntypicalnon-typicalanomalousdigressiveirregularnon-standard; More

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




Specify reasons other than above:

  • Just call me Mr. A. S. D. Stereotype - 23/27 (being a little broad with interpretation)! 

    "Deviant Gaze" though! What an absolutely terrible choice of words! I can't decide whether it sounds more like a peeping Tom or an 80's hard-core punk band! (bagsies on the band name - Google couldn't find it!)

    I they mean a 1000-yard stare in no particular direction, or eyes to the floor when moving around, then I am certainly "deviant". When I'm trying really hard to listen to what someone's saying, I gradually block out all other senses aside from hearing, as it's just a lot easier to process their words that way. Unfortunately this means that the more I'm paying attention, the less I look like I'm paying attention. I try to remember to go "mmm" fairly regularly, but I often forget that too. People quite often seem a bit startled by how much I've taken in when I finally find something to say.

    It's only since everyone started walking around with a video camera in their pocket that I've realised quite how odd my posture, movements, and expressions can look. They are nothing like what I imagine from inside my head. I always knew that I had pretty bad proprioception, but I was very taken aback to see footage of myself for the first time a few years ago - it explains a lot of problems I used to have with gymnastics/sport at school and formation marching in BB. In a mirror, I just don't notice it at all, but I have a bit of an issue with mirrors generally (besides my questionable aesthetics, that is!); they do something rather odd to my spacial perception and mind-body connection (I find this amusing rather than frightening!)

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