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Autism Screening Tool – M-CHAT

Use of the M-CHAT on this website is solely for the purpose of assessing risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD); not to provide a diagnosis of ASD. The M-CHAT relies on self-report. All responses should be verified by a clinician with definitive diagnosis made on clinical assessment grounds that take into account understanding of the questionnaire and other relevant information regarding the patient. Diagnosis of ASD may also involve physician, cognitive, hearing, and speech assessment(s).

This screener was designed for children between the ages of 16 months to 30 months. If your child is younger than 16 months or older than 30 months and you have concerns about their development, it is advised that you start by discussing concerns with your child’s primary care physician.

1. If you point at something across the room, does your child look at it?
2. Have you ever wondered if your child might be deaf?
3. Does your child play pretend or make-believe?
4. Does your child like climbing on things?
5. Does your child make unusual finger movements near his or her eyes?
6. Does your child point with one finger to ask for something or to get help?
7. Does your child point with one finger to show you something interesting?
8. Is your child interested in other children?
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?
10. Does your child respond when you call his or her name?
11. When you smile at your child, does he or she smile back at you?
12. Does your child get upset by everyday noises?
13. Does your child walk?
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?
15. Does your child try to copy what you do?
16. If you turn your head to look at something, does your child look around to see what you are looking at?
17. Does your child try to get you to watch him or her?
18. Does your child understand when you tell him or her to do something?
19. If something new happens, does your child look at your face to see how you feel about it?
20. Does your child like movement activities?

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