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Screen for Autism

Info: The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers Revised (M-CHAT-R; Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is validated for screening toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age, to assess risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The M-CHAT-R can be administered and scored as part of a well-child check-up, and also can be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for ASD. The primary goal of the M-CHAT-R is to maximize sensitivity, meaning to detect as many cases of ASD as possible. Therefore, there is a high false positive rate, meaning that not all children who score at risk for ASD will be diagnosed with ASD. However, children considered at medium or high risk might be susceptible to developmental delays and should seek further consultations from professionals such as a behaviour therapist.

Instructions: Please answer these questions about your child. Keep in mind how your child usually behaves. If you have seen your child do the behavior a few times, but he or she does not usually do it, then please answer no. Please circle yes or no for every question.


Duration: The test should take 5min to complete. 

(© 2009 Robins, Fein, & Barton) 

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