Global Assessment of Function and what affects it the most

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For adults with ASDs, what group would you classify yourself into?
GAF>=70, FSIQ>=115, ASQ[Overall]<=29 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ = 85-114, ASQ[Overall]<=29 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ<=84, ASQ[Overall]<=29 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ>=115, ASQ[Overall] = 30-39 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ=85-114, ASQ[Overall] = 30-39 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ<=84, ASQ[Overall] =30-39 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ>=115, ASQ[Overall]>=40 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ = 85-114, ASQ[Overall]>=40 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF>=70, FSIQ <= 84, ASQ[Overall] >=40 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ>=115, ASQ[Overall]<=29 18%  18%  [ 3 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ=85-114, ASQ[Overall]<=29 12%  12%  [ 2 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ<=84, ASQ[Overall]<=29 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ>=115, ASQ[Overall]=30-39 24%  24%  [ 4 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ=85-114, ASQ[Overall]=30-39 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ<=84, ASQ[Overall]=30-39 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ>=115, ASQ[Overall]>=40 18%  18%  [ 3 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ=85-114, ASQ[Overall]>=40 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
GAF<70, FSIQ<=84, ASQ[Overall]>=40 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 17

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31 Jan 2013, 5:15 pm

Hello!

I am conducting a survey in order to determine which of the following factors are most effective on an [adult (18+ years of age) with ASD]'s Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) score: [1] Verbal IQ [2] Full Scale IQ [3] Overall ASQ Score [4] ASQ Social Skills sub-score [5] ASQ Communication sub-score. Participation in this survey (as well as the poll that goes along with it) is 100% voluntary. So you don' t have to answer the survey questions if you do not feel comfortable enough in doing so or you just don't want to.

Let me explain the two ASQ sub-scores:
[1] ASQ Social Skills sub-score refers to questions 1, 11, 13, 15, 22, 36, 44, 45, 47, 48. This ASQ sub-score ranges from 0 to 10 where higher scores in this area indicates poorer social skills.
[2] ASQ Communication sub-score refers to questions 7, 17, 18, 26, 27, 31, 33, 35, 38, 39. This ASQ sub-score ranges from 0 to 10 where higher scores in this area indicates poorer communication skills.

If you feel comfortable enough in doing so, provide answers to the following survey questions:
[1] What is your most recent Global Assessment of Functioning score?
[2] What is your most recent Performance IQ (PIQ) score?
[3] What is your most recent Verbal IQ (VIQ) score?
[4] What is your most recent overall Autism Spectrum Quotient(ASQ) score?
[5] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Social Skills sub-score?
[6] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Communication sub-score?

Here's the site where I got the information on the ASQ test from: http://docs.autismresearchcentre.com/pa ... tal_AQ.pdf .

Here's how I classified the poll factor categories:
[1] GAF Score: (70+ indicates normal/near normal functioning, -69 indicates impairment in functioning)
[2] FSIQ Score: (115+ indicates above average FSIQ, 85-114 indicates average FSIQ, -84 indicates below average FSIQ)
[3] ASQ Score: (-29 indicates a relatively low level of autistic traits, 30-39 indicates a moderate level of autistic traits, 40+ indicates a relatively high level of autistic traits)



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31 Jan 2013, 5:46 pm

As of December 2011, my GAF score is 75. According to my behavioral therapist, that is borderline.
My latest overall IQ is about 100. It would be about 120-125 if you ignore my processing speeds.
My latest AQ score is 39.



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31 Jan 2013, 5:46 pm

I don't remember ever taking this test.


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31 Jan 2013, 6:49 pm

I'm getting a dead link



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31 Jan 2013, 6:59 pm

The link isn't working.

However, when I was diagnosed my functioning was 56.
I don't remember my AQ score, it's irrelevant. I'm diagnosed. I think it was 36.
I don't have my FSIQ scores, but I do know that my processing speed was below average (most likely 80s) and my Verbal IQ was gifted/superior.
The only verbal questions I got wrong were a couple of the information questions, so while my score was 130 it is agreed that it should be higher, closer or over 140.



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31 Jan 2013, 7:07 pm

[1] What is your most recent Global Assessment of Functioning score? 40-50
[2] What is your most recent Performance IQ (PIQ) score? 90
[3] What is your most recent Verbal IQ (VIQ) score? 118
[4] What is your most recent overall Autism Spectrum Quotient(ASQ) score? 17
[5] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Social Skills sub-score? don't know how to score individual answers on quiz
[6] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Communication sub-score?


My GAF is low because of physical illness, although that is probably caused by the many years of serious stress.

I'm diagnosed PDD-NOS.



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31 Jan 2013, 7:10 pm

I only know answers to the first three questions:

1. Recent GAF that was rated included 60.

2. PIQ: 82

3. VIQ: 112


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31 Jan 2013, 7:12 pm

charlottez wrote:
I'm getting a dead link


http://docs.autismresearchcentre.com/pa ... tal_AQ.pdf

Try it now and let me know if you still have the "dead link" problem.



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31 Jan 2013, 8:34 pm

[1] What is your most recent Global Assessment of Functioning score?

45

[2] What is your most recent Performance IQ (PIQ) score?

145+. I was never told the exact number.

[3] What is your most recent Verbal IQ (VIQ) score?

I was never told the exact number.

[4] What is your most recent overall Autism Spectrum Quotient(ASQ) score?

I recall that it was over 40, but it was not higher than 43. Edit: Just took it and got a 42.

[5] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Social Skills sub-score?

I don't know.

[6] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Communication sub-score?

I don't know.



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31 Jan 2013, 11:31 pm

Thank you. This link is working.



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31 Jan 2013, 11:57 pm

My last GAF is 48, primarily because of my problems with school and inability to work.

My IQ score is meaningless because of subtest scatter. As a child I was considered gifted.

AQ as of today, 38.


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01 Feb 2013, 7:12 am

Just a suggestion; it might be helpful to edit the first post to include links to a scoring version of the AQ test and a chart that explains the scoring for the GAF scale as linked below to gain more participation for individuals that have not heard of either of the measures, scored themselves, or have been scored by others before, and may not want to ask publicly about it in the thread, before answering the poll.

It is hard to imagine anyone scored by a clinician on the GAF Scale above 70 with the last published revision of DSM5 criteria for ASD with a mandatory required criterion of limits and impairments of everyday life functioning.

It is also hard to imagine with the DSMIV criteria with an actual autism spectrum diagnosis, other than PDDNOS, as the other diagnoses require significant impairments of an important area of life functioning as a mandatory criterion for a diagnosis.

That is another issue with PDDNOS for those that have been diagnosed that may score above 70 on the GAF scale as part of the reason they are diagnosed with PDDNOS, not meeting this mandatory requirement of significant impairment in life functioning for the other diagnoses. That potential PDDNOS exclusion is no longer technically possible with DSM5 criteria.

Link to scoring version of AQ test:

http://aq.server8.org/

Link to and quote of description for scoring the GAF scale:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Ass ... unctioning

Quote:
The Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) is a numeric scale (0 through 100) used by mental health clinicians and physicians to rate subjectively the social, occupational, and psychological functioning of adults, e.g., how well or adaptively one is meeting various problems-in-living. The scale is presented and described in the DSM-IV-TR on page 34. The score is often given as a range, as outlined below:

91 - 100 No symptoms. Superior functioning in a wide range of activities, life's problems never seem to get out of hand, is sought out by others because of his or her many positive qualities.

81 - 90 Absent or minimal symptoms (e.g., mild anxiety before an exam), good functioning in all areas, interested and involved in a wide range of activities, socially effective, generally satisfied with life, no more than everyday problems or concerns (e.g., an occasional argument with family members).

71 - 80 If symptoms are present, they are transient and expectable reactions to psychosocial stressors (e.g., difficulty concentrating after family argument); no more than slight impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., temporarily falling behind in schoolwork).

61 - 70 Some mild symptoms (e.g., depressed mood and mild insomnia) OR some difficulty in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., occasional truancy, or theft within the household), but generally functioning pretty well, has some meaningful interpersonal relationships.

51 - 60 Moderate symptoms (e.g., flat affect and circumstantial speech, occasional panic attacks) OR moderate difficulty in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., few friends, conflicts with peers or co-workers).

41 - 50 Serious symptoms (e.g., suicidal ideation, severe obsessional rituals, frequent shoplifting) OR any serious impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., no friends, unable to keep a job).

31 - 40 Some impairment in reality testing or communication (e.g., speech is at times illogical, obscure, or irrelevant) OR major impairment in several areas, such as work or school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood (e.g., depressed adult avoids friends, neglects family, and is unable to work; child frequently beats up younger children, is defiant at home, and is failing at school).

21 - 30 Behavior is considerably influenced by delusions or hallucinations OR serious impairment, in communication or judgment (e.g., sometimes incoherent, acts grossly inappropriately, suicidal preoccupation) OR inability to function in almost all areas (e.g., stays in bed all day, no job, home, or friends)

11 - 20 Some danger of hurting self or others (e.g., suicide attempts without clear expectation of death; frequently violent; manic excitement) OR occasionally fails to maintain minimal personal hygiene (e.g., smears feces) OR gross impairment in communication (e.g., largely incoherent or mute).

1 - 10 Persistent danger of severely hurting self or others (e.g., recurrent violence) OR persistent inability to maintain minimal personal hygiene OR serious suicidal act with clear expectation of death.

0 Inadequate information


My latest GAF score was 55, but not likely lower than 70 between ages 22 and 45. Under age 22 definitely lower than 70.
My IQ has never been tested, but likely much higher before age 45, and likely much higher than that before age 22.
My current AQ score is 41, but potentially under 32 between ages 22 and 40 and definitely above 32 before age 22.

I would likely have easily been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder with a verbal language delay until 4 as a child and up until age 22 if that diagnosis had been available.

I was easily diagnosed at age 47, but it was impossible for me to be diagnosed between ages 22 and 45, because I never saw any doctor during that period of time for any reason. I was initially diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome with it changed to PDDNOS after the psychiatrist learned that I had a verbal language delay until age 4. It appears to have been the hyperlexia variety.

For most practical intents and purposes I was on the spectrum for 21 years, off it for 23 years, and have been back on it since age 45 finally officially diagnosed at age 47. Mostly as a result of adaptation, loss of adaptation and environmental influence.

It is not likely I could have been diagnosed between ages 22 and 45, with the new DSM5 criteria because of my observed adaptations to life, as an externally and internally perceived, overall, very happy and well adjusted individual regardless if I was using all my cognitive energy to socially adapt to hundreds of people on a daily basis, with any thought of interacting with people other than my spouse after work, lacking.

The key for me was finding a social environment at work I could adapt to and be accepted by others along with finding a spouse that could help me find my way in life in the more practical areas of reality like self care. Without those two real life supports it's highly unlikely the GAF score could have ever been observed as higher than 70 by a qualified clinician.

I think my acquaintances judged me more on my level of happiness and positive outlook on life, than any of the strange things about me. But, that part would not have been possible without family and spouse, along with a lot of good fortune and luck in finding a work environment I could adapt to.

I could have likely been diagnosed with the Gillberg criteria for Asperger's at any time during the course of my life, if it existed and was in use in my area, because of my inherent motor difficulties, continued "one of a kind" strange verbal language impairments", odd posturing and unusual stiff gaze, lack of interest and/or ability in forming real friendships outside of acquaintances at work and my spouse, narrow interests and imposition of that routine on my spouse and others, with the verbal delay and above 70 GAF functioning for a good portion of my life not excluding me from a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. When I read the Gillberg criteria this year, I felt like somebody had been behind me jotting notes down about my lifelong inherent characteristics and overt behavior.

There seems to be a real "Autistic psychopathy" described by Asperger's, later described by Wing and Gillberg as Asperger's syndrome supported by others like Atwood, that the DSMIV, ICD10, and DSM5 never fully captured and has decided not to keep per DSM5 classification.

The line of observed real life disability in functioning can be razor sharp per environmental influence for that described syndrome. The line of diagnosis extremely subjective to this point, except for the Gillberg criteria that is more cut and dry per inherent and overt behavior, as originally described by Hans Asperger.

In my opinion the only real Asperger's syndrome fully described that ever existed and that continues to exist in the Gillberg criteria was the Asperger version of it.

The ICD10 and DSMIV can capture a substantially different condition than what was described by Hans Asperger, but it seems that a lower score on the GAF scale could make the difference in at least some cases through the course of a lifetime.

http://www.bbbautism.com/asp_gillberg.htm

There is no way I could have ever come to that conclusion without actually seeing a full translation of Asperger's paper, or the Gillberg criteria. Not a condition that was ever really effectively recognized as existing in the US, to this point. There is no wonder that many describe Sweden as the best place to live for a person with Asperger's syndrome; the home country of Gillberg and that criteria, and a place where the diagnosis and criteria for Asperger's does not appear to be going anywhere.

A clue can be when someone asks you where you are from, per strange prosody of language, particularly if one is raised in the deep south and the other members of their family sound like they live there. I wonder if that happens in Sweden.:).

Sorry, that was more than just a suggestion, but I suspect you might find more of the Gillberg type of Asperger's and perhaps PDDNOS and even some cases of Autistic Disorder that could have otherwise been diagnosed with the Gillberg type of Asperger's here on this website.

Furthermore, that could be part of the reason the demographics of information here ranging from IQ to GAF to AQ don't always match what might be expected in CDC statistics of prevalence. This site has quite a few folks diagnosed in other countries; an issue that can not be overlooked in any internet survey per different diagnostic criteria existing in those countries.

I don't think research often focuses on those global differences of diagnostic criteria for Asperger's syndrome. At least not in the US. Internet surveys may be the only way to accomplish something like that. And, it won't be too long before it is too late to capture that kind of information in the US.

I'm sure many people have been excluded from diagnosis because of it in the US, and many more will be excluded from diagnosis because of it in the future. Particularly adults over the age of 30 that have found more fortunate circumstances in life, and particularly tough when environmental circumstances of fortune change for those individuals. The GAF issue in the future is going to likely be a real problem for some as it can fluctuate greatly over the course of one's life.



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01 Feb 2013, 3:04 pm

[1] What is your most recent Global Assessment of Functioning score?

I've never been officially rated but I've kept an eye on myself and kept a "self diagnosis" rating. Last I'd purposefully checked in I felt I was in 31-40 range. (I've gotten better since that point but I'm really 31-50 range, haven't been in any category other than those two as an adult in my mind; usually in the 41-50 range, but at times "refuse to leave bedroom and will only communicate with very few people" on top of my other impairments type level)

[2] What is your most recent Performance IQ (PIQ) score?

My IQ scores weren't split out to PIQ/VIQ so I can't give you a number. (Over 115 though)

[3] What is your most recent Verbal IQ (VIQ) score?

My IQ scores weren't split out to PIQ/VIQ so I can't give you a number. (Over 115 though)

[4] What is your most recent overall Autism Spectrum Quotient(ASQ) score?

37

[5] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Social Skills sub-score?

10

[6] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Communication sub-score?

8



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01 Feb 2013, 7:03 pm

[1] What is your most recent Global Assessment of Functioning score? last year it was 20 (hospital) but now its about 30 (close to hospital) i have no job i react to things that others don't see and hear yeah the world is fine but did you know that everythings great in the stock market and its 14000 i predicted it i am depressed realist
[2] What is your most recent Performance IQ (PIQ) score? 82 not that bright
[3] What is your most recent Verbal IQ (VIQ) score? 84 not that bright
[4] What is your most recent overall Autism Spectrum Quotient(ASQ) score? around 38-42 don't remember.
basically i am not that bright and i think of things that docs don't like. my iq has always been low my highest GAF was 50 in the last few years. its hard to focus. my following thoughts is kinda hard because i have trouble thinking because of the world my bird i like but i have been hearing voices constantly i am terrified of things the gov has technology that scares me they are spying on people but i have a voice named Mike but the world is fine. oh sorry. i am scared. right now its hard to read. i don't have a job. I am tired all day. my meds do that. GAF 30 is because of behavior influenced by outside problems not calling it delusions but docs do but i am stressed that is why. they increased my pill. swirling thoughts are no fun. too much stress right now. water leak money loss brother we fail like artist and right now i don't know even what i am saying but i can't do things. doc almost forced me to go to the hospital. don't like it there.



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02 Feb 2013, 10:48 am

I'll answer my own survey questions as well:

[1] What is your most recent Global Assessment of Functioning score?

As of August 2012, according to my doctor, it is 90.

[2] What is your most recent Performance IQ (PIQ) score?

As a tenth grader, I scored 138 on Cognitive Efficiency.

[3] What is your most recent Verbal IQ (VIQ) score?

As a tenth grader, I scored 99 on Verbal Ability.

[4] What is your most recent overall Autism Spectrum Quotient (ASQ) score?

When I took one of these a month or two ago, I scored 22.

I cannot recall my ASQ Social & Communication sub-scores since I do not recall my own answers to those questions when I last took it.



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02 Feb 2013, 11:48 am

chssmstrjk wrote:
Hello!

I am conducting a survey in order to determine which of the following factors are most effective on an [adult (18+ years of age) with ASD]'s Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) score: [1] Verbal IQ [2] Full Scale IQ [3] Overall ASQ Score [4] ASQ Social Skills sub-score [5] ASQ Communication sub-score. Participation in this survey (as well as the poll that goes along with it) is 100% voluntary. So you don' t have to answer the survey questions if you do not feel comfortable enough in doing so or you just don't want to.

Let me explain the two ASQ sub-scores:
[1] ASQ Social Skills sub-score refers to questions 1, 11, 13, 15, 22, 36, 44, 45, 47, 48. This ASQ sub-score ranges from 0 to 10 where higher scores in this area indicates poorer social skills.
[2] ASQ Communication sub-score refers to questions 7, 17, 18, 26, 27, 31, 33, 35, 38, 39. This ASQ sub-score ranges from 0 to 10 where higher scores in this area indicates poorer communication skills.

If you feel comfortable enough in doing so, provide answers to the following survey questions:
[1] What is your most recent Global Assessment of Functioning score?
[2] What is your most recent Performance IQ (PIQ) score?
[3] What is your most recent Verbal IQ (VIQ) score?
[4] What is your most recent overall Autism Spectrum Quotient(ASQ) score?
[5] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Social Skills sub-score?
[6] For your most recent ASQ, what was your ASQ Communication sub-score?

Here's the site where I got the information on the ASQ test from: http://docs.autismresearchcentre.com/pa ... tal_AQ.pdf .

Here's how I classified the poll factor categories:
[1] GAF Score: (70+ indicates normal/near normal functioning, -69 indicates impairment in functioning)
[2] FSIQ Score: (115+ indicates above average FSIQ, 85-114 indicates average FSIQ, -84 indicates below average FSIQ)
[3] ASQ Score: (-29 indicates a relatively low level of autistic traits, 30-39 indicates a moderate level of autistic traits, 40+ indicates a relatively high level of autistic traits)


How do you get a GAF score? Is it something I should find in my diagnostic report?