I'm totally new to this site but I was just wondering how reliable the Asperger test is that is found commonly on the Internet? I've had problems with my daughter since she started pre-school and have always known something was wrong. She's had an ADD diagnosis, tested for gifted classes, but is behind developmentally by about two or three years. We've tried everything to find out what's wrong with her. Her extremely socially awkward behavior was explained by Lind-Mood Bell (institute) as hyperlexia. She's now fourteen, looks 18, and acts like she's nine. She has lots of friends but I can tell she just acts like a clown around them all to get a laugh but cannot hold an intelligent conversation with any of them. She's very literal, doesn't get jokes, has no empathy, is very narcissistic, and says the weirdest things in social gatherings. She's very pretty and is a star soccer player. She's gotten by with grades until now because she can memorize but she has no comprehension at all for anything she reads. Now she's failing. I went to take Asperger test online myself and I came up with a 31. So it seems I may have Aspergers (if the test is reliable) but I am nothing like her, the exact opposite. So is there a better test that would give us an idea about her?
The following user gives a hug of support to Whittering: nannette81 (12-25-2011)
I would only rely on a doctors point of view..then after he states what he says put your input in..there are so many symptoms but having alot of them thats when there is a problem..your child cld have a mild case but still have aspergers i wld consult a doctor..or seek other treatment services..
Hyperlexia is common in people with AS (I believe I had it as a child), but it has nothing to do with social awkwardness. It is simply extremely precocious reading skills.
Some of the AS online quizzes actually are worth taking if you're already thinking of going for an evaluation. Obviously, you need to seek professional opinions, but some of the quizzes are good "starting points," if you will. I recommend the Autism Screening Quotient (ASQ) and a lengthy questionnaire called the "Aspie quiz." These both cover the gamut of AS symptoms/problems, not just the stereotypical symptoms.
"Not everything that steps out of line, and thus 'abnormal,' must necessarily be 'inferior.'"
My Son has apergers and when he was dx they used CAST, you can look it up online and there are also scoring sheets available so that you can guage it. But if you are thinking that she is on the autistic spectrum I would take her to see someone who specialises in that area. The specturm is huge!!!