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Social Communication Questionnaire

  • Michael Rutter, MD
  • Anthony Bailey, MD
  • Catherine Lord, PhD
A quick and easy way to screen for autism spectrum disorders
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  • SCQ Complete Kit
    9780729525596 Qualification Level B


    Current AutoScore Forms (Pack of 20)
    Lifetime AutoScore Forms (Pack of 20)

    AUD 473.00

  • SCQ Current Autoscore Forms
    9314994235845 Qualification Level B

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  • SCQ Lifetime Autoscore Forms
    9314994236040 Qualification Level B

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Publication date:
Completion time:
10 minutes
Individual; Manual scoring
Age range:
Over 4.0 years, with a mental age over 2.0 years
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Product Details

This instrument helps evaluate communication skills and social functioning in children who may have autism or autism spectrum disorders. Completed by a parent or other primary caregiver in less than 10 minutes, the SCQ is a cost-effective way to determine whether an individual should be referred for a complete diagnostic evaluation.

The questionnaire 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.

The Lifetime Form 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 (ADOS), for example.

SCQ content parallels that of the ADI-R, and the agreement between SCQ and ADI-R scores is high and substantially unaffected by age, gender, language level and performance IQ. This indicates that the SCQ is a valid screener, providing a reasonable picture of symptom severity.

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.

In addition to its screening and educational applications, the SCQ can also be used to compare symptom levels across various groups - children with developmental language disorders, for example, or youngsters with medical conditions typically associated with autism spectrum disorders.

Because the SCQ is brief, quick and easily administered, it allows clinicians and educators to routinely screen children for autism spectrum disorders. This in turn permits early intervention.