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Did you know?…
We all have a little bit of autism in us.
What varies is the degree to which we are autistic.
That’s right. Most people are familiar with those whose level of autism prevents them from functioning… or communicating… or experiencing emotions… or completing different tasks. That is the type of autism see all the time and struggle to understand.
But the fact of the matter is, they have actually determined that we are all autistic to some extent.
Personally, I am glad to know that. Because it means the people I know who have been labeled by the professionals as “autistic” are really not that different from you and me.
See what your autism quotient is…
To see where you fall along the autism continuum, just answer 50 questions about yourself (below).
You get your results right away in the form of a number.
Scores range between 1 and 32.
The median score is 16.4.
Most diagnosed autistics score 32 or higher.
They emphasize that this is not a diagnostic tool. Those who score 32 or above do not necessarily report finding social interactions difficult nor do they necessarily have autism. Likewise, “many who score above 32 and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives.”
Overall, it’s an interesting way to see how those with autism and those without actually have more in common than you might think.
Take the AQ Test here.
UPDATE: I took the test for the first time after I wrote about it above. My score? I scored a 31. Hmmmm…. Perhaps that says something about why I’m so intrigued with the diagnosis of autism and the unique qualities of autistic people. I
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