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Category: Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment


The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) is a two stage parent report questionnaire that is used to assess risk for autism.

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M-CHAT Autism Screening

This website provides information on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT), which is a free screening tool for autism. This is the tool recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to be used at well child visits, but can also be used by parents, and other professionals working with young children. The website also provides information on scoring the tool, answers frequently asked questions, offers additional resources and provides the tool in multiple languages.

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Organization for Autism Research: A Parent’s Guide to Assessment

The Parent’s Guide to Assessment provides the tools to help parents better understand the assessment process and, subsequently, utilize assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for their children.

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Parents’ Guide to Autism

Not all people with ASD will show all of these behaviors, but most will show several.

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Understanding Autism Evaluations

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information for parents and families on the process of getting an autism evaluation, how to read and understand the evaluation report, as well as common assessment tools that may be included in the evaluation.

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What Autism in Toddlers Looks Like

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, autism advocacy groups, and researchers have all drawn attention to the importance of the early detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to make access to early intervention possible. Learn how to identify the early signs of autism in the below video, created by Kennedy Krieger in partnership with the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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What is a Psychiatrist?

This resource developed by ASERT provides an overview of psychiatry and psychiatrists, answer questions about what they do, what to expect when meeting with a psychiatrist, how to find one, and why a psychiatrist may be needed.

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What to Expect in an Autism Evaluation

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information for parents and caregivers on what to expect when their child has an autism evaluation.

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