Wired 9.12: Take The AQ Test Take The AQ Test Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge's Autism Research Centre have created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults. In the first major trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 16.4. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. The test is not a means for making a diagnosis, however, and many who score above 32 and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger's report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives. How to score: "Definitely agree" or "Slightly agree" responses to questions 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 33, 35, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46 score 1 point. and Developmental Disorders, 31, 5-17 (2001). Previous Story: The Geek Syndrome Next Story: For More on Autism
CogniFit Brain Fitness And Memory Programs, Brain Training Life with Aspergers Asperger symptoms in adults Classified as one of many pervasive development disorders Asperger Syndrome is also seen in many adults. The brain of individuals with Adult Asperger Syndrome works in a different way, especially when it comes down to processing information. Their focus is on details and mostly these adults have specialized in one field of interest. Asperger symptoms in adults can stabalize over time and this provides them with opertunities to improve their social skills and behavior. Adult Aspergers are impairments in social interaction like maintaining friendships or feeling the need to engage in activities with others. There is also impairments in communication such as taken whatever is said litterally and being unable to read between the lines. Lifelong Condition It’s a lifelong condition without cure or treatment but because adults have a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses they can develop coping skills. Asperger syndrome in adults has some common characteristics such as: Careers
THINKING PERSON'S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Autism and Orgasm Lindsey Nebekernakedbrainink.com One of my blog readers who is on the autism spectrum brought up a concern regarding recent bedroom issues. This person is finding that the process of achieving orgasm has become increasingly difficult: "[Since learning more about my ASD diagnosis] I've been noticing a growing awareness in what is going on around me and what my body is feeling ... and it is becoming sort of distracting during sex, mainly orgasm. This person is not alone. Let’s make one thing clear: people with autism do experience orgasms. There has yet to be a scientific study conducted on orgasm and its effect on people on the autism spectrum. First, let's break down the hypotheses... Hypothesis #1: Orgasms experienced by ASD individuals are similar to individuals without ASD What supports this argument is our physical development. Hypothesis #2: Orgasms experienced by ASD individuals are different from individuals without ASD Time to play devil’s advocate. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. In closing...
Aspergers Syndrome - Aspergers, Empathy & Facial Expressions Like most people with Aspergers Syndrome , I am not very good with facial expressions. When you don’t have a natural ability to see facial expressions, you never learn to look for them. I suppose it would be a bit like a dog looking at a book, he could see the book, he could probably see the words, but they would have no meaning. Thankfully recognising facial expressions and recognising people’s faces are two different functions (neurologically speaking I mean) and I have a very good memory for faces. When I look at a face I notice the shape, the symmetry (or lack there of), the eyes and mouth and I take an automatic snapshot which I can bring to mind at any point later on, even years later. Equally I am not very good at facial expressions. Sadly this is the most common symptom of Aspergers Syndrome, and it is one of the main reasons why socialising and maintaining long term friendships can be difficult. Zen Emu X Tagged as: Aspergers Syndrome , Empathy , Facial Expressions
THINKING PERSON'S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Resources Recommendations welcomed: please email us to suggest additional resources. Please also see Kit Mead's fantastic Autism Resources page. Ada Hoffman created a ranked index of their Autistic Book Party reviewsASAN Pittsburgh's The Autistic Library is a list of books about autism that are not deficit-based Autistic AuthorsThe ABCs of Autism Acceptance by Sparrow Rose Jones (Maxfield Sparrow)All The Weight of Our Dreams, edited by Lydia Brown, E. Accessibility Parenting Transitioning to Adulthood Autistic Parents Autistic WritersNeurodiversity JournalismSteve Silberman: stevesilberman.comParents of Autistic People REGIONAL Brazil Por Um Mundo Melhor!
Autism, PDD-NOS & Asperger's fact sheets | Adults with Asperger syndrome as parents Asperger's syndrome is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, and naturally there will be a variation of difficulties experienced by adults with Aspergers. Some may face chronic unemployment and emotional issues, while others may generally cope very well in a non-autistic world and succeed in work, family life and other hallmarks of 'normal' life. A common problem for adults with Aspergers syndrome is not being diagnosed. They may struggle with relationships, work and life in general, without knowing why. They also may be more vulnerable to poverty and homelessness than the general population, because of their difficulty finding (and keeping) employment, lack of proper education, premature social skills, and other factors. Describing the triad of impairments Asperger's syndrome is characterized by something known as the triad of impairments. Social communication Difficulties often crop up in the social aspects of communication. Social understanding Imagination
Treatment Guided Research | Autism Society - Autism Society The objective of treatment-guided research is to bring research and treatment together to help people now. It involves learning about the different ways people respond to treatments so that through helping people, we can gain valuable insights into the workings of autism. Many people with autism have chronic medical conditions that are often ignored. Under the direction of Dr. Treatment-guided research seeks to turn current treatment experience collected by families every day into data for science. Below are selected articles that were featured in a special Autism Advocate issue (First Edition 2008) on treatment-guided research. Autism Society members have online access to the Autism Advocate, along with a biweekly e-newsletter, advocacy alerts, conference updates and much more.
ARC Tests Various tests have been devised by ARC for use in the course of our research. Some of these tests are made available here for download. You are welcome to download these tests provided that they are used for genuine research purposes, and provided due acknowledgement of ARC as the source is given. Adult Asperger Assessment (AAA) Adult Asperger Assessment (AAA) (Version 2, revised 2012. Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) (Adult) Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) AQ Scoring Key Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) - العربية (Dr Gaddour, Dr Missaoui, Dr Boussaid Medical University of Monastir Tunisia .) Autism Spectrum Quotient - 10 items (AQ-10) (Adult) Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) (Adolescent) Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) (Adolescent) AQ (Adolescent) Scoring Key Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) (Adolescent) - Español (Chile) (Cristián Vásquez University of Chile, Santiago.) Autism Spectrum Quotient - 10 items (AQ-10) (Adolescent) Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) (Child) Empathy Quotient (EQ) for Adults