Autism Neurodivergence

The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale–Revised (RAADS-R)

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Who is this screener for?

Individuals who have low levels of need and/or have compensated or masked their autistic (including formerly Asperger’s) tendencies are sometimes underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The RAADS-R is designed to take a deeper look at autistic traits for adults 18+ whose diagnosis may have been missed. It is one of several different autism screeners, and can help in determining if autism support or treatment may be beneficial to you and/or how to proceed regarding an evaluation or diagnosis. Click here to learn more about autism.

How to complete the screener:

Carefully read each question and choose an answer that you feel is the best fit for yourself. This screener has 80 multiple choice questions. Once you’ve answered all questions, click Results  to see more information. The results of this screener are by no means an indicator of who you are or the full picture; it is simply a first step in exploring.

Your results are private unless you choose to share them. We will not be gathering your information or results; after you click Results, you can download your report. If you choose to meet with a therapist, psychologist, or coach, these results can be helpful to share so they can help you on your journey.

To download your report, scroll to the bottom of this page and click Download. You can then open and save the results to your computer.

Let’s get you started

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 like to 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 like to think and talk about a few things that interest me.

14. I'd rather go out to eat in 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, color or texture can suddenly change from very sensitive to very dull.

35. The phrase 'I've got you under my skin' makes me 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 a 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 hand on the 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 best.

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 socialize is a mystery to me.

65. It calms me to spin around or to rock in a chair when I'm 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 colors).

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.

Reminder: Your responses and results are private unless you choose to share them. We will not be gathering your information or results. If you’d like a copy of your results, after you click Results, you can download your score report.
If you choose to meet with a psychologist, these results will be helpful to share, so please save them.

What does my score mean?​

RAADS-R - Autism Neurodivergence
50 or less
51 - 64
You scored within typical range

This screener is not indicating a need for further support. But if you feel your results are such because you are working very hard to manage and cope, we have therapists and coaches who can help you implement shifts to make it smoother and easier.  Lauren, our team’s Care Coordinator, is here to answer any of your questions.

You can download your results by clicking the arrow below.

Keep an eye on it

Your results suggest this is an area worth investigating further. We have psychologists who can work with you to further examine this area, and we also have therapists and coaches available that can help provide support.  Lauren, our team’s Care Coordinator, is here to answer any of your questions.

You can download your results by clicking the arrow below.

This area needs attention

This area appears to need attention. Contact Lauren, our team’s Care Coordinator, for a free consultation and to discuss options for the next steps. If you are comfortable, include your results in your e-mail. We are here to help.

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