At NovoPsych we’ve been building our assessment library with measures relevant to neurodiversity (e.g., autism spectrum disorders & attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). While the prevalence of presentations like Autism are only 0.7% in the community, among patients presenting for mental health services the prevalence is 10 times higher (7.8%, Fraser et al, 2011), underlining how important screening is!
NovoPsych includes psychometric scales for children and adults focused on Autism, ADHD and other factors important to neurodiversity, such as:
The Camouflaging Autistic Traits Questionnaire (CAT-Q) is a 25-item self-report measure of social camouflaging behaviours for individuals of age 16 and above. It is used to identify individuals who compensate for or mask autistic characteristics during social interactions and who might not immediately present with autism due to their ability to mask. This can be especially relevant for women with autism.
The more an individual can camouflage, the more of their autistic inclinations they are likely able to suppress. As such, a high camouflaging score can also account for lower scores on standard autism psychometric scales.
The CAT-Q measures camouflaging in general, as well as three subscales:
The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale – Revised (RAADS–R) is an 80-item self-report questionnaire designed to identify adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The assessment is suitable for adult (age 18+) males and females with average or above-average intelligence (i.e. IQ above 80).
With high prevalence of ASD in mental health settings and the fact that adults are being referred for diagnosis with increasing frequency, this instrument is a useful clinical tool to assist clinicians with diagnosis (Ritvo et al., 2011).
Clinical Psychologist & CEO of NovoPsych