ThinkAsperger's® Program and Screening Questionnaire
ThinkAsperger's® is designed for parents, educators and medical professionals to “Think Asperger’s” when they see subtle social challenges in young children. The program includes a screening questionnaire to help recognize social challenges and then refer children for a formal evaluation. Once individuals are properly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), professionals can begin interventions so children can experience meaningful interactions, develop friendships, and ultimately reach their full potential.
For those who completed the Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire and have concerns about a child's development, please refer to the below resources.
ThinkAsperger's Mobile App
SARRC's ThinkAsperger's mobile app can be downloaded for free by searching "ThinkAsperger's" via the App Store or Google Play. If you think your child may have ASD, complete the Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire online or via the mobile app. SARRC developed this questionnaire to inform professionals about children who should have a formal evaluation for autism spectrum disorder. For further evaluation and resources, contact SARRC at 602.340.8717.
Asperger’s disorder is one of three previously separate subtypes of autism that was folded into a single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) after the publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual in 2013. Children and adults diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Asperger’s can be particularly difficult to detect in people of all ages. Children are often overlooked because language development, while sometimes odd, is not delayed, and there is no obvious cognitive impairment. Older individuals might be struggling with social challenges, but problems may be difficult to detect unless a more serious problem, like depression, emerge.
Individuals who are left undiagnosed and untreated often struggle with depression, anxiety, academics, life skills, peer victimization, social isolation, and a lifetime of struggle for themselves and their families. Learn more about Asperger's Disorder.
In May 2015, the Journal of Applied School Psychology published an article about SARRC's research study on the effectiveness of the new screening tool to identify school-age children with social challenges. The article is titled, “A Method for Universal Screening of Elementary School Students: Development of the Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire." View the entire article online.
Webinar for Educators
"Identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder in School Age Children: Keeping Asperger’s from Slipping Through the Cracks," is a free webinar aimed at educators and is available online. If you are an educator and would like information on trainings for your group, please email Alex Boglio, clinical manager of Education, Training and Consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare professionals are on the front lines when it comes to identifying children with autism spectrum disorder. Learn more about SARRC's ThinkAsperger's: download the ThinkAsperger's Toolkit.