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What was your score on the autism test?

0-10 (low)
11-22 (most women score about 15, most men score about 17)
23-31 (above average)
32-50 (very high - most people with Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 35)
Total votes : 25

Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:35 pm

i dont belive that the test is very acurate.

Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:54 am

It was developed by Simon Baron-Cohen and his team, who are all leading researchers in the field of autism. I think that all those questions are open to misinterpretation. For instance, if you gave a similar test on dyspraxia to a normal person, it would include questions like this:

1.) Do you have an unusually weak short-term memory?

("Oh yeah, I forget things all the time! Memory like a sieve, me!")

2.) Do you find it difficult to tolerate loud noise?

("My son's rock music drives me mad - definitely!")

3.) Are you unusually clumsy?

("Yeah - I nearly went flying over the kerb the other day!")

A normal person answering that quiz would fail to appreciate the magnitude of dyspraxic difficulties. They wouldn't understand that an inability to tolerate loud noise doesn't mean a dislike for ear-splitting rock music - it means that you have to run out of the room when someone turns on the vacuum cleaner. They wouldn't understand that being 'unusually clumsy' doesn't mean that you trip over the kerb from time to time, but that you can't turn your own door key or tie your own shoelaces. They wouldn't understand that having 'an unusually weak short-term memory' doesn't mean that you misplace your purse occasionally, or even regularly, but that you are liable to have difficulty recalling your own telephone number, or to forget what you're doing in the middle of doing it.

Likewise, we may be underestimating the extent of an autistic person's problems. We are arguably more knowledgeable than Joe Public, but it is still possible that we have been over-liberal with our answers.

Sat Jul 30, 2005 10:51 am

this is a very possible reason. ive asked my family to do it and my mum and sister both got 15. my brother got 22. so that does seem to coenside with what was expected. But what i did notice was that alot of teh questions like the theater vrs museam one can come down to personality. i love museams, and libarys and prefer books and computors to people. my days are always done in certain way, i do have little riturals for most things i do, but so do other people i know. i get obsesive about things im interested in, people find it weird and family members become concerned becuase somtiems i dont sleep when i get like this, but im a passinate person when it comes to informatioin so again thats personality. i have so many peices of collected information (in catorgries) that there is no more room for me to keep it but i cant though it out becuase i need it. and it keeps comeing and coming and buildiing up. this information goes back to when i was 11. back then my mother would ahve to go though my stuff all the time and with great tantrums from me through out what was rubish. but agian this is becuase i get pasionate about information. i cant handle it if my rotiene is broken but im getting better and better at this which shows that it is not a set thing and so cant be a disability. i think that the test doesnt take into acount taht personality also plays its part. there may be perople out there becomeing conerned over a test result taht reflects ther personality ruther than a disability of any kind. some of my behaviours look asthough they could be connected but the are not, and i think that peole may look at them sleves see these simularitys in themselves and belive taht they may have a disability.

Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:00 pm

I can remember getting above average but i cant remember my score! Ive exited the site now and i dont want to take it again. So we shall call me above average and leave me at that.

Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:16 pm


Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:26 am

Parnassus this is a link to the Autism New Zealand site. it has a list of Autistic specturm disorders. it also listss Dyspraxia but that could be becuase of its link ruther than because it is on the Autistic spectrum.


Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:19 pm

i got 32 but i agree theres a link between dyspraxia and AS as i notice AS syptoms in my dyspraxic/dyslexic brother interesting to see proper info into links

Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:09 pm

Well I think that its a bit like asthma and excema- they sort of go hand in hand. If you have dyspraxia, you can have symptoms of AS/ Dylexia etc... Vicky you'll proabably completly proove me wrong with a big article on the topic lol!!!

Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:38 pm

I think Dyslexia and AS can overlap into Dyspraxia, but it wouldn't necessary mean you had all all those disorders.

For instance a Dyslexic person often finds map reading difficult - so does a Dyspraxic person.

Someone with AS might take sayings literally and likewise to Dyspraxic people.

Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:18 pm

exactly madam tigre

Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:41 pm

I scored 34 on the test but i am amazed... I* have too many problems already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At least it does not cause a problem, i think it is the dyspraxia... people take at least two seconds to call me weird

Sun Sep 18, 2005 4:19 pm

Parnassus i have just reread your post, you are in NAGTY, mee too. Are you in the reading group?
Sorry random

Sun Sep 18, 2005 4:57 pm

fuzzy wrote:I reckon that lots of ppl with dyspraxia will have some slight form of autism- they go hand in hand, like asthma and eczema.... but I think that they are seperate conditions.

they dont go hand in hand do they? i got asthma and hayfever, they go hand in hand. oh, i got 24 :).... wait is that good??? :S lol

Sun Sep 18, 2005 11:07 pm

I got 33. That shocked me a bit. I suppose the scores might vary depending on how you view yourself in these situations, which in itself might not necessarily be something easy for a dyspraxic to do.

I'm sure I do have some autistic tendancies. I've noticed recently that I've gone back into the habit of avoiding eye-contact - even if it's friendly people such as close family members or work colleagues, so I have to make an effort again, regardless of how uncomfortable it may feel.

I would love to keep everything in order in my life, but I'm far too disorganised for that! I only remember that my tip of a room needs tidying when I head for bed - which isn't generally the best time to start spring cleaning! I'm great at organising events and holidays though.

Socially, I'm fine with my few good friends, but with others it can be a struggle. Small talk is an alien concept to me. If I don't know what I have in common with another person I can be completely stumped. "Nice weather we're having, eh?"

Socialising in large groups is also very difficult. I normally can't get a word in edgeways, or otherwise stumble over someone else who's just starting saying something. After 3 years of socialising at Uni, I would have hoped this would have improved. I suppose in some ways it has.
Everyone who knew me as a child commented on how I'd "come out of my shell" (yeah, thank you) after I'd been at Uni for a while, but it's degrees of scale. So I can pass the time of day with my parents' friends now, but there's still a long way to go. Social skills don't come naturally, I really have to push myself past an invisible barrier that holds me back.

Oddly, I do talk to a lot of people on the phone as part of my job, which I don't normally find too bad. I sometimes get to cracking jokes with them, but with others I can get a cold response and feel I've completely misread them, or taken the informalities too far. Problem customers can be a difficulty, as I don't always know what to say to them. I've got better with practice, but I'm sometimes terrified of calling a customer who I think might be angry, even if it's quite rare that one is.


PS - Parnassus: I'm glad to hear it's not just me who is sent running for the hills at the sound of a Hoover!

Mon Sep 19, 2005 1:20 pm

Miranda, I am indeed in the NAGTY reading group, but I rarely post - at the moment I'm pressed for time! You can sometimes find me in the other fora as well.

Bear in mind that getting a high score on an Internet autism test does not necessarily mean you are autistic. I definitely do not have autism, and yet I got a high score. As we have already said, that test could be skewed in many ways and it can't replace the judgement of a competent psychologist. Don't be in a rush to attach an extra label to yourself on the basis of that test.
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