Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ)

Nov 14, 2021


Welcome to the Fountain of Hope Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ) page. Our mission is to provide resources and support for families and individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ASSQ is a powerful tool designed to help identify potential signs of ASD in children, enabling early intervention and support. Read on to learn more about autism spectrum disorder, and how the ASSQ can assist in its identification.

About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. It is a lifelong condition with varying levels of severity. Individuals with ASD may experience difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, repetitive behaviors, and struggles with social interactions.

The early identification of ASD is crucial for prompt intervention and support. With proper understanding and guidance, individuals with ASD can thrive and lead fulfilling lives. The ASSQ plays a pivotal role in identifying potential signs of ASD, enabling early interventions, and helping children reach their full potential.

About the Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ)

The Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ) is a comprehensive screening tool developed for parents and caregivers. It aids in the early identification of ASD in children aged 6 to 17. The questionnaire consists of 27 carefully designed questions that assess the presence of core symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder.

Each question in the ASSQ captures essential behavioral indicators related to social interaction, communication, and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. By evaluating the child's responses, the possibility of ASD can be determined, helping professionals make informed decisions regarding further assessments or interventions.

Using the ASSQ for Screening Purposes

When using the ASSQ, it's important to ensure an optimal screening environment to improve accuracy. Take the time to create a calm and distraction-free setting, allowing the child to comfortably respond to the questions. Encourage them to answer truthfully and to the best of their ability. Parental involvement and observation are vital during the screening process.

After completing the questionnaire, the scores obtained can be evaluated. A higher score indicates a greater likelihood of ASD. It is important to note that the ASSQ is not a formal diagnostic tool but serves as an initial screening instrument that can warrant further assessments by professionals in the field.

Seeking Professional Guidance

If the ASSQ results raise concerns regarding potential ASD, it is recommended to seek professional guidance from medical and mental health professionals specializing in autism spectrum disorders. They can further evaluate and provide a formal diagnosis, as well as develop personalized intervention plans tailored to the specific needs of the child.

Fountain of Hope partners with experienced professionals in the autism community, ranging from pediatricians and psychologists to therapists and support groups, to offer comprehensive support and resources for families navigating the challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder.


The Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ) is a valuable tool that aids in the early identification of ASD in children. Providing a comprehensive assessment, the ASSQ helps parents and caregivers identify potential signs of autism, enabling timely interventions and support. Fountain of Hope is dedicated to providing resources and support for families and individuals impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Together, we can create a supportive and inclusive environment for those on the autism spectrum.