Autism Spectrum Quotient (Child Version)

The AQ-10 (Child Version) is designed for children 4-11 years old with suspected autism who does not have a learning disability. Because frontline health professionals needed a “red flag” tool to aid their decision making about whether to make a referral for a full diagnostic assessment for an autism spectrum condition in children and adults, Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Center created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient.  In its original form, the Autism Spectrum Quotient is a 50-item measure. The AQ-10 was developed due to the need for a briefer instrument to determine an individual’s position on the autism-normality continuum. All versions (adult, teen and child) of the AQ-10 are recommended for the recognition, referral, provisional diagnosis, and management of those with an autism spectrum condition.

In Simon Baron-Cohen and colleagues research, clinical samples of more than 1,000 individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) were used consisting of 449 adults, 162 adolescents, 432 children and 126 toddlers; and they used a control (non-clinical) sample of 3,000 individuals consisting of 838 adults, 475 adolescents, 940 children, and 754 toddlers. They all completed full-length versions of the AQ. The 10 best items were selected on each instrument to produce short versions: AQ-10 (Adult, Adolescent, and Child).