Ritvo Autism-Asperger's Diagnostic Scale Revised

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Some Life Experiences & personality characteristics that may apply to you

1*. I am a sympathetic person
2. I often use words and phrases from movies and television in conversations
3. I am often surprised when others tell me I have been rude.
4. Sometimes I talk too loudly or too softly, and I am not aware of it.
5. I often don't know how to act in social situations
6*. I can "Put myself in other people's shoes".
7. I have a hard time figuring out what some phrases mean, like "You are the apple of my eye".
8. I only talk to people who share my special interests.
9. I focus on details rather than the overall idea.
10. I always notice how food feels in my mouth. This is more important to me than how it tastes.
11*. I miss my best friends or family when we are apart for a long time
12. Sometimes I offend others by saying what I am thinking, even if I don't mean to.
13. I only think and talk about a few things that interest me.
14. I'd rather go out and eat at a restaurant by myself than with someone I know.
15. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be someone else.
16. I have been told that I am clumsy or uncoordinated
17. Others consider me odd or different
18*. I understand when friends need to be comforted
19. I am very sensitive to the way my clothes feel when I touch them. How they feel is more important to me than how they look
20. I like to copy the way certain people speak and act. It helps me appear more normal.
21. It can be very intimidating for me to talk to more than one person at the same time.
22. I have to "act normal" to please other people and make them like me
23*. Meeting new people is usually easy for me
24. I get highly confused when someone interrupts me when i am talking about something I am very interested in.
25. It is difficult for me to understand how other people are feeling when we are talking.
26*. I like having a conversation with several people, for instance around a dinner table, at school or at work.
27. I take things too literally, so I often miss what people are trying to say.
28. It is very difficult for me to understand when someone is embarrassed or jealous
29. Some ordinary textures that do not bother others feel very offensive when they touch my skin.
30. I get extremely upset when the way I like to do things is suddenly changed
31. I have never wanted or needed to have what other people call an "Intimate relationship"
32. It is difficult for me to start and stop a conversation. I need to keep going until I am finished.
33*. I speak with a normal rhythm
34. The same sound, colour or texture can suddenly change from very sensitive to very dull
35. The phrase "I've got you under my skin" makes me very uncomfortable
36. Sometimes the sound of a word or a high-pitched noise can be painful to my ears
37* I am an understanding type of person
38. I do not connect with characters in movies and cannot feel what they feel.
39. I cannot tell when someone is flirting with me
40. I can see in my mind in exact detail things that I am interested in
41. I keep lists of things that interest me, even when they have no practical use (for example, sports statistics, train schedules, calendar dates, historical facts and dates).
42. When I feel overwhelmed by my senses, I have to isolate myself to shut them down.
43*. I like to talk things over with my friends
44. I cannot tell if someone is interested or bored with what I am saying
45. It can be very hard to read someone's face, hand and body movements when they are talking
46. The same thing (like clothes or temperatures) can feel very different to me at different times.
47*. I feel very comfortable with dating or being in social situations with others.
48*. I try to be as helpful as I can when other people tell me their personal problems
49. I have been told that I have an unusual voice (for example, flat, monotone, childish or high-pitched)
50. Sometimes a thought or subject gets stuck in my mind and I have to talk about it even if no one is interested
51. I do certain things with my hands over and over again (like flapping, twirling sticks or strings, waving things by my eyes)
52. I have never been interested in what most of the people I know consider interesting.
53*. I am considered a compassionate type of person
54. I get along with other people by following a set of specific rules that help me look normal
55. It is very difficult for me to work and function in groups.
56. When I am talking to someone, it is hard to change the subject. If the other person does so, I can get very upset and confused
57. Sometimes I have to cover my ears to block out painful noises (like vacuum cleaners or people talking too much or too loudly)
58*. I can chat and make small talk with people
59. Sometimes things that should feel painful are not (for instance when I hurt myself or burn my hands on a stove)
60. When talking to someone, I have a hard time telling when it is my turn to talk or to listen
61. I am considered a loner by those who know me
62*. I usually speak in a normal tone
63. I like things to be exactly the same day after day and even small changes in my routines upset me.
64. How to make friends and socialise is a mystery to me.
65. It calms me to spin around or to rock in a chair when I am feeling stressed
66. The phrase, "He wears his heart on his sleeve" does not make sense to me
67. If I am in a place where there are many smells, textures to feel, noises or bright lights, I feel anxious or frightened
68*. I can tell when someone says one thing but means something else.
69. I like to be by myself as much as I can
70. I keep my thoughts stacked in my memory like they are on filing cards, and I pick out the ones I need by looking through the stack and finding the right one (or another unique way)
71. The same sound sometimes seems very loud or very soft, even though I know it has not changed.
72*. I enjoy spending time eating and talking with my family and friends.
73. I can't tolerate things I dislike (like smells, textures, sounds or colours)
74. I don't like to be hugged or held
75. When I go somewhere, I have to follow a familiar route or I can get very confused and upset
76. It is difficult to figure out what other people expect of me
77*. I like to have close friends
78. People tell me that I give too much detail
79. I am often told that I ask embarrassing questions
80. I tend to point out other people's mistakes