The Adolescent Autism Spectrum Quotient

The Adolescent Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ)
Ages 12-15 years
For full details‚ please see:
S. Baron-Cohen‚ R. Hoekstra‚ R. Knickmeyer‚ S. Wheelwright‚ (2006)
The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) – Adolescent Version
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Definitely Agree
Slightly Agree
Slightly Disagree
Definitely Disagree
1. S/he prefers to do things with others rather than on her/his own.
2. S/he prefers to do things the same way over and over again.
3. If s/he tries to imagine something‚ s/he finds it very easy to cr‎eate a picture in her/his mind.
4. S/he frequently gets so strongly absorbed in one thing that s/he loses sight of other things.
5. S/he often notices small sounds when others do not.
6. S/he usually notices car number plates or similar strings of information.
7. Other people frequently tell her/him that what s/he has said is impolite‚ even though s/he thinks it is polite.
8. When s/he is reading a story‚ s/he can easily imagine what the ch‎aracters might look like.
9. S/he is fascinated by dates.
10. In a social group‚ s/he can easily keep track of several different people’s conversations.
11. S/he finds social situations easy.
12. S/he tends to notice details that others do not.
13. S/he would rather go to a library than a party.
14. S/he finds making up stories easy.
15. S/he finds her/himself drawn more strongly to people than to things.
16. S/he tends to have very strong interests‚ which s/he gets upset about if s/he can’t pursue.
17. S/he enjoys social chit-chat.
18. When s/he talks‚ it isn’t always easy for others to get a word in edgeways.
19. S/he is fascinated by numbers.
20. When s/he is reading a story‚ s/he finds it difficult to work out the ch‎aracters’ intentions.
21. S/he doesn’t particularly enjoy reading fiction.
22. S/he finds it hard to make new friends.
23. S/he notices patterns in things all the time.
24. S/he would rather go to the theatre than a museum.
25. It does not upset him/her if his/her daily routine is disturbed.
26. S/he frequently finds that s/he doesn’t know how to keep a conversation going.
27. S/he finds it easy to “read between the lines” when someone is talking to her/him.
28. S/he usually concentrates more on the whole picture‚ rather than the small details.
29. S/he is not very good at remembering phone numbers.
30. S/he doesn’t usually notice small changes in a situation‚ or a person’s appearance.
31. S/he knows how to tell if someone listening to him/her is getting bored.
32. S/he finds it easy to do more than one thing at once.
33. When s/he talks on the phone‚ s/he is not sure when it’s her/his turn to speak.
34. S/he enjoys doing things spontaneously.
35. S/he is often the last to understand the point of a joke.
36. S/he finds it easy to work out what someone is thinking or feeling just by looking at their face.
37. If there is an interruption‚ s/he can switch back to what s/he was doing very quickly.
38. S/he is good at social chit-chat.
39. People often tell her/him that s/he keeps going on and on about the same thing.
40. When s/he was younger‚ s/he used to enjoy playing games involving pretending with other children.
41. S/he likes to collect information about categories of things (e.g. types of car‚ types of bird‚ types of train‚ types of plant‚ etc.).
42. S/he finds it difficult to imagine what it would be like to be someone else.
43. S/he likes to plan any activities s/he participates in carefully.
44. S/he enjoys social occasions.
45. S/he finds it difficult to work out people’s intentions.
46. New situations make him/her anxious.
47. S/he enjoys meeting new people.
48. S/he is a good diplomat.
49. S/he is not very good at remembering people’s date of birth.
50. S/he finds it very to easy to play games with children that involve pretending.

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