The M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a parent-report screening tool to assess the risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In approximately 10 minutes, parents can complete the 20 questions and receive a risk assessment for their child. The M-CHAT screening tool for autism can help you determine the risk of your child receiving a diagnosis of autism.
The primary goal of M-CHAT is to detect as many cases of ASD as possible (“maximizing sensitivity” in scientific parlance), so there will be some false-positives: cases where a child is assessed as being “at risk” but in fact will not be diagnosed with ASD. However, any child that receives a “high-risk” score should receive an evaluation from a specialist for autism or some other developmental disorder.
Action Behavior Centers has experts that can assist with your questions before, during, or after this screening tool. If you like, we can schedule a call to interpret the results. Before you begin, please read the instructions immediately below and begin! Our M-CHAT autism screening tool is only meant to be the first step in a diagnostic process. A high risk score by itself does not mean your child will be diagnosed with autism. Our specialists will recommend an additional test (ADOS-2) that involves sitting down with you and your child and engaging in play and communication to create greater certainty before a diagnosis.
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 check yes or no for every question. Thank you very much.