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Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)

Author(s): Michael Rutter, Anthony Bailey and Catherine Lord
Publisher: WPS, 2003
SKU code: PG_SCQ


Purpose: Routinely screen for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Age: 4+ years

Time: <10 minutes

The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) helps evaluate communication skills and social functioning in children who may have autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Completed by a parent or other primary caregiver, the SCQ is a cost-effective way to determine whether an individual should be referred for a complete diagnostic evaluation.

The questionnaire can be used to evaluate anyone over age 4, as long as his or her mental age exceeds 2 years.

It is available in two forms—Lifetime and Current—each composed of just 40 yes-or-no questions. Both forms can be given directly to the parent, who can answer the questions without supervision.

Lifetime Form

The Lifetime Forms focuses on the child’s entire developmental history, providing a Total Score that’s interpreted in relation to specific cutoff points. This score identifies individuals who may have autism and should be referred for a more complete evaluation—with the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R) or the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), for example.

Current Form

Moving from developmental history to present status, the Current Form looks at the child’s behaviour over the most recent 3-month period. It produces results that can be helpful in treatment planning, educational intervention, and measurement of change over time.

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Author(s): Michael Rutter, Anthony Bailey and Catherine Lord