Asperger syndrome (AS) is a sub-group on the autistic spectrum and is diagnosed on the basis of DSM-IV criteria. The DSM-IV criteria for autism and AS both require patients to demonstrate the same number of impairments in social interaction and to demonstrate obsessions or repetitive behaviour. However, for autism, but not for AS, qualitative impairments in communication must be evident.
The Adult Asperger Assessment (AAA) comprises 4 sections each describing a group of symptoms (A-D), and then a final section (E), describing 5 key prerequisites.
The AAA incorporates all the symptoms from the DSM-IV diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder as well as additional relevant symptoms. The additional symptoms reflect the more stringent approach to diagnosis taken in the AAA compared with DSM-IV. This conservative design was employed so as to err on the side of under-diagnosis.
You can download the Adult Asperger Assessment test from Autism Research Centre (ARC), Department of Developmental Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, provided that it is used for genuine research purposes, and provided due acknowledgement of ARC as the source is given.
- CS. Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright, J. Robinson and M. Woodbury-Smith, (2006)
The Adult Asperger Assessment (AAA): A Diagnostic Method