New research just published suggests The Autism Test PDQ-1, is a simple two-minute questionnaire developed by Rutger University team that could help detect autism in toddlers earlier than the current methods.

One of the biggest frustrations with getting an Autism diagnosis is the amount of time it takes as well as the multi-disciplinary team required to give the final diagnosis.  So it should be pleasing for parents and carer to hear the latest news published in the Journal of Developmental & Behaviours Paediatrics of the 10 question, 2 minute test, which could lead to earlier detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders from as early as 18 months.

Autism affects one in 45 children, but early detection of the disorder is challenging since there isn’t a single behavioral or observational approach that will be reliable for all children, this can leave some children without a diagnosis until they are at least 5 years old.

The Psychological Development Questionnaire (PDQ-1) consists of 10 questions that help gauge how children interact with others, including whether the child points or gestures to show interest, responds to their name, and speaks in phrases.

However, researchers at Rutgers University believe the questionnaire, which had an 88 percent likelihood of correctly identifying children with autism, could help doctors detect the disorder in toddlers earlier, at a time when intervention might be crucial.

  • The Rutgers University team created a two-minute questionnaire that could detect autism in toddlers earlier  
  • The PDQ-1 questionnaire asks parents whether their child points or gestures to show interest, responds to their name, and relates to others
  • The 10-question survey had an 88 percent likelihood of correctly identifying children with autism
  • Since there isn’t a medical test to diagnose the disorder, pediatricians have to look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis 
  • Many children aren’t diagnosed with autism until they are at least 5 years old


Please complete the following sentences by CIRCLING the word which accurately describes your child NOW
My child…… No Sometimes Yes
1 Points or gestures to show interest or get attention No Sometimes Yes
2 Has unusual or variable responses to sound (seems not to hear or is oversensitive or overreacts) No Sometimes Yes
3 Smiles or makes regular eye contact with others No Sometimes Yes
4 Responds to name when called No Sometimes Yes
5 Shows interest in children at play No Sometimes Yes
6 Enjoys doing “handshake” or “peek-a-boo” No Sometimes Yes
7 Relates to others by babbling, gesturing, talking, or changing expressions No Sometimes Yes
8 Uses 3 or more words regularly and appropriately No Sometimes Yes
9 Speaks in phrases (e.g., want juice, go, bye-bye) No Sometimes Yes
10 Laughs when others laugh No Sometimes Yes