Could countless people actually be on the autism spectrum and not know about it? Researchers at the University of Bath say an internationally-recognized system for diagnosing autism is providing bad information. The results may have led to many people going without the proper care over the last decade.
The team of psychologists says when general practitioners screen patients for autism, they use the Autism Spectrum Quotient before referring them to a specialist for official diagnosis. Doctors around the world use this ten-point scale (AQ-10), which asks patients to agree or disagree with statements like, “I find it difficult to work out people’s intentions.”