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The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST)
Age 3 - 11
How to fill out the questionnaire
Please read the following questions carefully, and select the appropriate answer.
Does s/he join in playing games with other children easily?
Does s/he come up to you spontaneously for a chat?
Was s/he speaking by 2 years old?
Does s/he enjoy sports?
Is it important to him/her to fit in with the peer group?
Does s/he appear to notice unusual details that others miss?
Does s/he tend to take things literally?
When s/he was 3 years old, did s/he spend a lot of time pretending (e.g., play-acting being a superhero, or holding teddy’s tea parties)?
Does s/he like to do things over and over again,in the same way all the time?
Does s/he find it easy to interact with other children?
Can s/he keep a two-way conversation going?
Can s/he read appropriately for his/her age?
Does s/he mostly have the same interests as his/her peers?
Does s/he have an interest which takes up so much time that s/he does little else?
Does s/he have friends, rather than just acquaintances?
Does s/he often bring you things s/he is interested in to show you?
Does s/he enjoy joking around?
Does s/he have difficulty understanding the rules for polite behaviour?
Does s/he appear to have an unusual memory for details?
Is his/her voice unusual (e.g., overly adult, flat, or very monotonous)?
Are people important to him/her?
Can s/he dress him/herself?
Is s/he good at turn-taking in conversation?
Does s/he play imaginatively with other children, and engage in role-play?
Does s/he often do or say things that are tactless or socially inappropriate?
Can s/he count to 50 without leaving out any numbers?
Does s/he make normal eye-contact?
Does s/he have any unusual and repetitive movements?
Is his/her social behaviour very one-sided and always on his/her own terms?
Does s/he sometimes say “you” or “s/he” when s/he means “I”?
Does s/he prefer imaginative activities such as play-acting or story-telling, rather than numbers or lists of facts?
Does s/he sometimes lose the listener because of not explaining what s/he is talking about?
Can s/he ride a bicycle (even if with stabilisers)?
Does s/he try to impose routines on him/herself, or on others, in such a way that it causes problems?
Does s/he care how s/he is perceived by the rest of the group?
Does s/he often turn conversations to his/her favourite subject rather than following what the other person wants to talk about?
Does s/he have odd or unusual phrases?
Last Updated:Wednesday, February 19, 2020