The PDD Assessment Scale/ Screening Questionnaire
This is an experimental screening tool that requires a traditionally established PDD diagnosis.
NAME OF CHILD AGE OF CHILD DATE
No
Resolved
Mild
Moderate
Severe
SOCIAL INTERACTION DIFFICULTIES (with same age peer) [how to rate]
1. Poor eye contact, or staring from unusual angle
2. Ignores when called, pervasive ignoring, not turning head to voice
3. Excessive fear of noises (vacuum cleaner); covers ears frequently
4. In his/her own world (aloof)
5. Lack of curiosity about the environment
6. Facial expressions don't fit situations
7. Inappropriate crying or laughing
8. Temper tantrums, overreacting when not getting his/her way
9. Ignores pain (bumps head accidentally without reacting)
10. Doesn't like to be touched or held (body, head)
11. Hates crowds, difficulties in restaurants and supermarkets
12. Inappropriately anxious, scared
13. Inappropriate emotional response (not reaching to be picked up)
14. Abnormal joy expression when seeing parents
15. Lack of ability to imitate
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DELAY [how to rate]
1. Loss of acquired speech
2. Produces unusual noises or infantile squeals
3. Voice louder than required
4. Frequent gibberish or jargon
5. Difficulty understanding basic things ("just can't get it")
6. Pulls parents around when wants something
7. Difficulty expressing needs or desires, using gestures
8. No spontaneous initiation of speech and communication
9. Repeats heard words, parts of words or TV commercials [Grading tips for #9-14]
10. Repetitive language (same word or phrase over and over)
11. Can't sustain conversation
12. Monotonous speech, wrong pausing
13. Speaks same to kids, adults, objects (can't differentiate)
14. Uses language inappropriately (wrong words or phrases)
ABNORMAL SYMBOLIC OR IMAGINARY PLAY [how to rate]
1. Hand or finer flapping; self stimulation
2. Head banging
3. Self mutilation, inflicting pain or injury
4. Toe walking, clumsy body posture
5. Arranging toys in rows
6. Smelling, banging, licking or other inappropriate use of toys
7. Interest in toy parts, such as car wheels
8. Obsessed with objects or topics (trains, weather, numbers, dates)
9. Spinning objects, self, or fascination with spinning objects
10. Restricted interest, (watching the same video over and over)
11. Difficulty stopping repetitive "boring" activity or conversation
12. Attachment to unusual objects, (sticks, stones, strings, or hair)
13. Stubborn about rituals and routines; resists to change
14. Restricted taste by consistency, shape or form (refuses solids)
15. Savant ability, restricted skill superior to age group (reads early, memorizes books)
BEHAVIORAL DIFFICULTIES [how to rate]
LEVEL OF DYSFUNCTION
TOTAL SCORE

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