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The Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test (CAST)

 

Child’s Name:  ..................................  Age: .........................  Sex:      Male /  Female

 

Birth Order: .....................................   Twin or Single Birth: ..................................

 

Parent/Guardian: .....................................................................................................

 

Parent(s) occupation:  ............................................................................................

 

Age parent(s) left full-time education: ....................................................................

 

Address:  .................................................................................................................

                .................................................................................................................                   .................................................................................................................

 

Tel.No:  .................................. School: ........................................................

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Please read the following questions carefully, and circle the appropriate answer. All responses are confidential.

 

1. Does s/he join in playing games with other children easily?                   Yes                  No

 

2. Does s/he come up to you spontaneously for a chat?                           Yes                  No

 

3. Was s/he speaking by 2 years old?                                                     Yes                  No

           

4. Does s/he enjoy sports?                                                                     Yes                  No

 

5. Is it important to him/her to fit in with the peer group?                          Yes                  No

 

6. Does s/he appear to notice unusual details that

     others miss?                                                                                     Yes                  No

 

7. Does s/he tend to take things literally?                                                Yes                  No

 

8. When s/he was 3 years old, did s/he spend a lot of time

      pretending (e.g., play-acting being a superhero, or

      holding teddy’s tea parties)?                                                             Yes                  No

 

9. Does s/he like to do things over and over again,

     in the same way all the time?                                                             Yes                  No

 

10. Does s/he find it easy to interact with other

       children?                                                                                        Yes                  No

 

11. Can s/he keep a two-way conversation going?                                  Yes                  No

 

 

12. Can s/he read appropriately for his/her age?                                      Yes                  No

 

13. Does s/he mostly have the same interests as

      his/her peers?                                                                                  Yes                  No

 

14. Does s/he have an interest which takes up so much

      time that s/he does little else?                                                           Yes                  No

 

15. Does s/he have friends, rather than just acquaintances?                     Yes                  No

    

16. Does s/he often bring you things s/he is interested

       in to show you?                                                                              Yes                  No

 

17. Does s/he enjoy joking around?                                                        Yes                  No

 

18. Does s/he have difficulty understanding the rules

      for polite behaviour?                                                                        Yes                  No

 

19. Does s/he appear to have an unusual memory for

       details?                                                                                          Yes                  No

 

20. Is his/her voice unusual (e.g., overly adult, flat, or

       very monotonous)?                                                                         Yes                  No

 

21. Are people important to him/her?                                                      Yes                  No

 

22. Can s/he dress him/herself?                                                             Yes                  No

 

23. Is s/he good at turn-taking in conversation?                                       Yes                  No

 

24. Does s/he play imaginatively with other

       children, and engage in role-play?                                                    Yes                  No

 

25. Does s/he often do or say things that are tactless

      or socially inappropriate?                                                                  Yes                  No

 

26. Can s/he count to 50 without leaving out any

       numbers?                                                                                       Yes                  No

 

27. Does s/he make normal eye-contact?                                               Yes                  No

 

28. Does s/he have any unusual and repetitive

       movements?                                                                                   Yes                  No

 

29. Is his/her social behaviour very one-sided and

       always on his/her own terms?                                                          Yes                  No

 

30. Does s/he sometimes say “you” or “s/he” when

       s/he means “I”?                                                                              Yes                  No

 

31. Does s/he prefer imaginative activities such as

       play-acting or story-telling, rather than numbers

       or lists of facts?                                                                              Yes                  No

 

32. Does s/he sometimes lose the listener because of

       not explaining what s/he is talking about?                                          Yes                  No

 

33. Can s/he ride a bicycle (even if with stabilisers)?                               Yes                  No

 

34. Does s/he try to impose routines on him/herself,

       or on others, in such a way that it causes problems?                          Yes                  No

 

35. Does s/he care how s/he is perceived by the rest of

       the group?                                                                                      Yes                  No

 

36. Does s/he often turn conversations to his/her

       favourite subject rather than following what the other

       person wants to talk about?                                                             Yes                  No

 

37. Does s/he have odd or unusual phrases?                                           Yes                  No

 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS SECTION

Please complete as appropriate

 

38. Have teachers/health visitors ever expressed any

       concerns about his/her development?                                               Yes                  No

 

If Yes, please specify..................................................................................................

 

 

39.  Has s/he ever been diagnosed with any of the following?:

 

Language delay                                                                                     Yes                  No

 

Hyperactivity/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)                                   Yes                  No

 

Hearing or visual difficulties                                                                   Yes                  No

 

Autism Spectrum Condition, incl. Asperger’s Syndrome                           Yes                  No

           

A physical disability                                                                               Yes                  No

           

Other (please specify)                                                                           Yes                  No