1. Social Interaction:
This item assesses the individual's ability to engage in reciprocal social interactions. It includes factors such as difficulty initiating or sustaining conversations, challenges in understanding social cues or nonverbal communication, and a tendency to prefer solitary activities over social interactions.
This item focuses on the individual's communication skills and language development. It includes factors such as delayed language acquisition, repetitive or stereotyped speech patterns, difficulties in understanding metaphors or sarcasm, and a tendency to have a literal interpretation of language.
3. Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors:
This item evaluates the presence of restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. It includes factors such as adherence to strict routines or rituals, intense and narrow interests, repetitive motor movements (e.g., hand flapping), and resistance to change.
4. Sensory Sensitivities:
This item examines the individual's response to sensory stimuli. It includes factors such as hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to sensory input (e.g., sound, light, touch), strong reactions to certain textures or smells, and a need for sameness or predictability in the sensory environment.
5. Social-emotional reciprocity:
This item focuses on the individual's ability to engage in reciprocal emotional interactions. It includes factors such as difficulties in understanding or expressing emotions, challenges in empathizing with others, and a tendency to have limited or atypical emotional responses in social situations.
6. Executive Functioning:
This item assesses the individual's executive functioning skills, including factors such as difficulties in planning and organizing tasks, problems with time management, challenges in initiating or completing tasks, and a tendency to get overwhelmed by changes or transitions.
7. Special Interests:
This item explores the presence of intense or focused interests. It includes factors such as a deep knowledge or fixation on specific topics, a strong desire to engage in activities related to these interests, and difficulties in shifting attention away from these topics.
8. Motor Skills:
This item evaluates the individual's motor coordination and motor planning abilities. It includes factors such as clumsiness, difficulties with fine or gross motor skills, and challenges in activities requiring coordination or balance.
9. Cognitive Abilities:
This item considers the individual's cognitive strengths and weaknesses. It includes factors such as variations in intellectual abilities, uneven development of specific skills (e.g., advanced in certain areas and delayed in others), and a tendency to excel in detail-oriented tasks.
10. Emotional and Behavioral Challenges:
This item examines the presence of emotional and behavioral difficulties. It includes factors such as anxiety, depression, meltdowns or tantrums, difficulties with impulse control, and challenges in regulating emotions.