Screen for Autism - Take the M-CHAT Quiz

The Importance of Early Detection of Autism


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Developed at the University of Connecticut, M-CHAT is the most widely recognized and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an aid in the early screening for autism in children between 16 and 30 months of age. Beyond being a highly-accepted tool parents can use with their child, M-CHAT is also used by pediatricians and other primary care professionals to aid in the early identification of children with autism. The M-CHAT does not provide a diagnosis, but it can indicate if a child is at risk and should receive further evaluation.

*The primary goal of the M-CHAT 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 will be diagnosed with ASD. To address this, the creators have developed the Follow-Up questions M-CHAT-R/F. Users should be aware that even with the Follow-Up, a significant number of the children who screen positive on the M-CHAT will not be diagnosed with ASD; however, these children are at high risk for other developmental disorders or delays and, therefore, should still be evaluated.*


 
* Indicates required questions

Screen for Autism- Take the M-chat Quiz

1. If you point at something across the room, does your child look at it? *
FOR EXAMPLE, if you point at a toy or an animal, does your child look at the toy or animal?
Yes
No
2. Have you ever wondered if your child might be deaf? *
Yes
No
3. Does your child play pretend or make-believe? *
FOR EXAMPLE, pretend to drink from an empty cup, pretend to talk on a phone, or pretend to feed a doll or stuffed animal?
Yes
No
4. Does your child like climbing on things? *
Yes
No
5. Does your child make unusual finger movements near his or her eyes? *
FOR EXAMPLE, does your child wiggle his or her fingers close to his or her eyes?
Yes
No
6. Does your child point with one finger to ask for something or to get help? *
FOR EXAMPLE, pointing to a snack or toy that is out of reach.
Yes
No
7. Does your child point with one finger to show you something interesting? *
FOR EXAMPLE, pointing to an airplane in the sky or a big truck in the road. This is different from your child pointing to ASK for something [Question #6.]
Yes
No
8. Is your child interested in other children? *
FOR EXAMPLE, does your child watch other children, smile at them, or go to them?
Yes
No
9. Does your child show you things by bringing them to you or holding them up for you to see - not to get help, but just to share? *
FOR EXAMPLE, showing you a flower, a stuffed animal, or a toy truck.
Yes
No
10. Does your child respond when you call his or her name? *
FOR EXAMPLE, does he or she look up, talk or babble, or stop what he or she is doing when you call his or her name?
Yes
No
11. When you smile at your child, does he or she smile back at you? *
Yes
No
12. Does your child get upset by everyday noises? *
FOR EXAMPLE, does your child scream or cry to noise such as a vacuum cleaner or loud music?
Yes
No
13. Does your child walk? *
Yes
No
14. Does your child look you in the eye when you are talking to him or her, playing with him or her, or dressing him or her? *
Yes
No
15. Does your child try to copy what you do? *
FOR EXAMPLE, wave bye-bye, clap, or make a funny noise when you do.
Yes
No
16. If you turn your head to look at something, does your child look around to see what you are looking at? *
Yes
No
17. Does your child try to get you to watch him or her? *
FOR EXAMPLE, does your child look at you for praise, or say "look" or "watch me"?
Yes
No
18. Does your child understand when you tell him or her to do something? *
FOR EXAMPLE, if you don't point, can your child understand "put the book on the chair" or "bring me the blanket"?
Yes
No
19. If something new happens, does your child look at your face to see how you feel about it? *
FOR EXAMPLE, if he or she hears a strange or funny noise, or sees a new toy, will he or she look at your face?
Yes
No
20. Does your child like movement activities? *
FOR EXAMPLE, being swung or bounced on your knee.
Yes
No

LOW-RISK: Total Score 0-2

If your child is younger than 24 months, it may be useful to repeat the screening again after their second birthday. Otherwise, no further action is required unless parental or pediatrician surveillance indicates a risk for ASD. Still think your child could have Autism? Call Centria to discuss your options with an Autism Services Specialist, we can get a psychologist involved to ensure that your child is not facing ASD or other developmental disorders. Read more information on what Autism is and how ASD is diagnosed here: About Autism | Getting Diagnosed

MEDIUM-RISK: Total Score of 3-7

Your child has scored a medium risk for ASD, please administer the Follow-Up (second stage of M-CHAT-R/F) to get additional information about your child’s at-risk responses. If you have any questions on instructions or scoring or would like to discuss your options please contact Centria’s Autism Services Specialists immediately.

If your child’s score on Follow-Up is 0-1, your child has screened negative. No further action is required unless parental or pediatrician surveillance indicates a risk for ASD. You should share these results with your pediatrician and have your child rescreened at future well-child visits. You can read more about the signs and symptoms of autism and what you can watch for here. About Autism

If your child’s score remains at 2 or higher, the child has screened positive for ASD risk factors. Action IS required at this stage to ensure early intervention and maximum effectiveness of treatment. Refer your child to a psychologist for diagnostic evaluation and eligibility evaluation for early intervention programs. For more information on next steps and finding the right care for your child contact Centria’s Autism Services Specialists. To read about the diagnostic process and what you’ll be facing in upcoming doctor’s visits see our page on autism diagnosis here.

HIGH-RISK: Total Score is 8-20

Your child has scored as high-risk for ASD, it is acceptable to bypass the Follow-Up and refer immediately for diagnostic evaluation. Action IS required for early intervention and maximum impact. Centria Healthcare offers local resources such as support groups and informational brochures as well as a helping hand to guide you through finding the right care for your child. ABA therapy and other interventions have been shown to be incredibly effective when used early and can dramatically improve your child’s quality of life. 84% of our clients show significant improvement across all tested areas in 6 months. Finding care can be difficult, but Centria makes it simple. Call one of our Autism Services Specialists for free information and answers to your urgent questions like what to do next.

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If your child’s score indicates a “medium” or “high” risk, or if you have any questions on instructions please call us immediately at 855-77-AUTISM and speak with an autism services specialist.

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