Developmental Screening for Autism
When to screen: 18 and 24 month well-child visits
Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder often become apparent around the child’s first year, and can be identified by 18 months. This screen has two stages. First, a 20-item questionnaire helps identify children at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The second stage is a short follow-up interview completed immediately after the initial screen with the family in order to reduce the number of false positive results.
Recommended Tool: Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers Revised (M-CHAT-R/F)
- Cost: No Cost
- Languages Available: 40+ languages
- Age Range: 16 – 30 months
- What is Assessed: Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Time to Complete: 5-10 minutes for initial questionnaire
- Time to Score: Initial score 1 minute, additional 10 minutes if follow-up interview is necessary (i.e., if initial score is between 3-7)
- Suggestions for When and Where: The initial questionnaire can be given to families by front desk staff and completed in the waiting room. Scoring and follow-up interview (if necessary) should be completed in an exam room.