NB: Only available to Republic of Ireland clients who meet the qualification code criteria below.
Author(s): John N Constantino
Publication Year: 2012
Age Range: 2 years 6 months to adult
Administration: 15 to 20 minutes
Qualification Code: B – Click HERE for more details.
The second edition of this highly regarded autism assessment offers the convenience of a screener and the power of a diagnostic tool. Completed in just 15 to 20 minutes, the SRS-2 identifies social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and quantifies its severity. It’s sensitive enough to detect even subtle symptoms, yet specific enough to differentiate clinical groups, both within the autism spectrum and between ASD and other disorders. And, with an expanded age range, the SRS-2 can be used to monitor symptoms throughout the life span.
Assess Social Impairment in Natural Settings—and From More Than One Perspective
The SRS-2 offers four forms, each with 65 items, and each for a specific age group:
For ages 4 through 18, completed by parent or teacher (composed of the same items that appeared on the original SRS)
For ages 2½ to 4½, completed by parent or teacher
For ages 19 and up, completed by relative or friend
Self-report option for ages 19 and up
While some autism tests require trained professionals to code behaviors observed in clinical settings, the SRS-2 asks teachers, parents, and others to rate symptoms that they’ve noticed over time—at home, in the classroom, or elsewhere. Raters evaluate symptoms using a quantitative scale representing a range of severity.
This approach—multiple perspectives on behavior observed in natural settings and rated on a graduated response scale—uncovers a wide range of symptoms, including those that are relatively subtle. In fact, the SRS-2 often reveals aspects of social functioning that might be missed in a clinical context using a test with a “yes-or-no” response format. This is important because even mild social impairment can have an adverse effect on children and adults. Numerous independent studies demonstrate that the SRS-2 is unmatched in its ability to measure severity of social impairment in the mildest, and most common, forms of ASD—including Social Communication Disorder, a new diagnosis in DSM-5.
Use the SRS-2 Treatment Subscales to Guide Intervention
In addition to a Total score reflecting severity of social deficits in the autism spectrum, the SRS-2 generates scores for five Treatment subscales:
- Social Awareness
- Social Cognition
- Social Communication
- Social Motivation
- Restricted Interests and Repetitive Behavior