Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)

By Michael Rutter, MD, FRS, Anthony Bailey, MD, et al.

Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)

Benefits

Offers a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to routinely screen for autism spectrum disorders

Ages

Over 4.0 years, with a mental age over 2.0 years

Admin Time

Less than 10 minutes

Format

Parent questionnaire with 40 yes-or-no items. Current and Lifetime Forms

Scores

Total score with cutoff points

Publish Date

2003

Qualifications

Level C required.
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Translation

Available in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, & Swedish

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Includes 20 Current AutoScore Forms; 20 Lifetime AutoScore Forms; Manual

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SCQ Current AutoScore™ Form (Pack of 20)

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SCQ Current PC Answer Sheet (Pack of 50)

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For use with the SCQ Unlimited-Use Scoring CD. Includes test items.

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SCQ Unlimited-Use Administration And Scoring CD

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SCQ Manual

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Includes Questionnaire and Evaluation Form. To receive 1 continuing education (CE) credit for mastering the SCQ Manual (W-381C, sold separately), complete and return these materials.

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(Cuestionario de Comunicacion Social) Includes Manual; 25 Current Forms; 25 Lifetime Forms--all in Spanish

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SCQ Current Form In Spanish (Pack of 25)

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Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)

Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)

BY MICHAEL RUTTER, MD, FRS, ANTHONY BAILEY, MD, AND CATHERINE LORD, PHD

This brief 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 can be used to evaluate anyone over age 4.0, as long as his or her mental age exceeds 2.0 years. It 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. (Forms are available in Spanish as well as English.)

A Quick Look at Both Developmental History and Current Status

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, Second Edition (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 behavior 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.

Ideal for Routine Screening

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, easily administered, and relatively inexpensive, it allows clinicians and educators to routinely screen children for autism spectrum disorders. This in turn permits early intervention.


“. . . an efficient way to obtain diagnostic information or screen for autistic symptoms.”

Sally Ozonoff, Beth L. Goodlin-Jones, and Marjorie Solomon

Evidence-Based Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2005, Vol. 34, No. 3

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