ASKY - Where Concerns Become Insights
Autism Screen for Kids and Youth 
ABOUT US
About the developer
ASKY was developed by Rachelle Lavi, the mother of five fabulous children, a graduate of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a professional science editor. Rachelle repeatedly experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to communicate a child's difficulties to doctors, teachers, and others. The effort required to obtain correct, complete diagnosis and useful treatment for her children led Rachelle to research and develop a preliminary assessment method to help others in similar situations.
About the ASKY system
The ASKY system was developed to help identify the need for full assessment for possible autism in children and adolescents aged 4–18 years whose behavior is of concern or who it is thought may have autism spectrum disorder (ASD; previously known as PDD, high functioning autism, or Asperger Syndrome). ASKY does not provide a diagnosis, but rather assesses social communication, restricted and repetitive behaviors, and sensory sensitivities to support decision making around the need (or not) for a full autism diagnostic assessment by experts.
Using ASKY is easy
Once you register (e-mail address and password), you will be asked for the name, date of birth, and sex of the child being assessed. The assessment questionnaire is adjusted to the child's age and refers to the child by name. You can select the pre-assessment language (currently English, Hebrew, or Arabic) and can choose to complete the assessment yourself or to forward it to someone else to fill out.
The results can be downloaded, saved, or printed out
It is also possible to log into the system and view the results there (without downloading them). The results include a recommendation for comprehensive assessment, if warranted, and suggest the type of specialists to consult. Where there are grounds for further assessment, the results also include a table that maps the behaviors you reported to the clinical diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder. This table can support you in discussions with the child’s doctor, teachers, or diagnostic specialists.
Users
Parents
ASKY supports parents by providing an easy-to-use autism assessment questionnaire that reflects the current clinical diagnostic criteria. By comprehensively covering those criteria, it provides parents with real insight into their child's behavior. The ASKY results report supports decision making around the need (or not) for a full diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD; also known as Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism) and provides guidance as to the type of specialist to consult.
Clinicians
The ASKY system offers an informative and user-friendly digital tool to assess social communication, restricted and repetitive behaviors, and sensory sensitivities among children and adolescents according to the DSM-5 criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ASKY assessment questionnaire can be forwarded to your patient’s parents for them to complete on-line. The results report supports your efforts to provide evidence-based advice regarding next steps, including comprehensive diagnostic assessment for ASD, if warranted.
 
Educators
Teachers and other educational staff working with children may encounter students who struggle to correctly interpret and engage in social communication or whose behavior is inappropriate. Teachers can suggest that the child's parents use ASKY and/or use it themselves to gain a better understanding of the child's difficulties and to support fruitful parent–teacher discussions of the child's needs and how to meet them.
Health Maintenance Organizations
Children and adolescents with normal or superior intelligence and social communication deficits are often not diagnosed or are misdiagnosed. This places a heavy burden not only on their families, but also on the health system. Such children and adolescents typically visit their primary health care provider repeatedly, their visits last longer, they undergo multiple assessments, and receive unsuitable treatments. ASKY provides HMOs with a DSM-5 consistent means of identifying patients who could benefit from assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This in turn can lead to the earlier provision of effective treatments, so reducing costs to the health provider. Contact us to discuss how ASKY could work for your organization.
Researchers
ASKY can be used as an autism research tool as a proxy for full diagnosis to estimate the incidence and prevalence of autism. With balanced coverage of all the DSM-5 clinical diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder, it can also contribute to comparisons of phenotypes. Please contact us to explore the use of ASKY as a research tool.
ASKY supports parents by providing an easy-to-use autism assessment questionnaire that reflects the current clinical diagnostic criteria. By comprehensively covering those criteria, it provides parents with real insight into their child's behavior. The ASKY results report supports decision making around the need (or not) for a full diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD; also known as Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism) and provides guidance as to the type of specialist to consult.
The ASKY system offers an informative and user-friendly digital tool to assess social communication, restricted and repetitive behaviors, and sensory sensitivities among children and adolescents according to the DSM-5 criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ASKY assessment questionnaire can be forwarded to your patient’s parents for them to complete on-line. The results report supports your efforts to provide evidence-based advice regarding next steps, including comprehensive diagnostic assessment for ASD, if warranted.
 
Teachers and other educational staff working with children may encounter students who struggle to correctly interpret and engage in social communication or whose behavior is inappropriate. Teachers can suggest that the child's parents use ASKY and/or use it themselves to gain a better understanding of the child's difficulties and to support fruitful parent–teacher discussions of the child's needs and how to meet them.
Children and adolescents with normal or superior intelligence and social communication deficits are often not diagnosed or are misdiagnosed. This places a heavy burden not only on their families, but also on the health system. Such children and adolescents typically visit their primary health care provider repeatedly, their visits last longer, they undergo multiple assessments, and receive unsuitable treatments. ASKY provides HMOs with a DSM-5 consistent means of identifying patients who could benefit from assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This in turn can lead to the earlier provision of effective treatments, so reducing costs to the health provider. Contact us to discuss how ASKY could work for your organization.
ASKY can be used as an autism research tool as a proxy for full diagnosis to estimate the incidence and prevalence of autism. With balanced coverage of all the DSM-5 clinical diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder, it can also contribute to comparisons of phenotypes. Please contact us to explore the use of ASKY as a research tool.
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