ABC7 Los Angeles: 'Think Asperger's' app for free/easy screening

Aug 23, 2017, ABC 7 Los Angeles: Simple screening test for Asperger's offers easy way to get answers Asperger's Syndrome is often described as a mild form of autism. They often aren't diagnosed until they're adults, which can cause a lifetime of difficulties. Now, there's a quick and easy way to get some answers. ... Research director Christopher Smith did a lot of one-on-one research on people with Asperger's. After looking at the data, he came up with a quick way to screen kids. He named it in honor of Patty's son. "One of the benefits of the DAVE screen questionnaire or the Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire is that it's quick and easy to complete. It's 15 yes or no questions," he said. Teachers or parents answer the questions. Kids who get six or more "yes" answers are directed to see a specialist. ... Some educators say this could make a big impact. "It's just another step in breaking down misunderstanding about Autism Spectrum Disorder in schools and outside the schools, and that's something I just jumped on," said Tom Doebler, national director of Great Hearts Exceptional Student Services. In that first year at the school, the screening identified four students who needed more testing. That's the number experts expected to find. The hope is it will become routine testing in elementary schools. The "Think Asperger's" app can be download for free.