It is important to note that the M-CHAT may not detect early signs of autism and developmental delay in all children. If you have concerns about your child, talk to your pediatrician.  The M-CHAT is intended to be administered by a trained health care professional, so if you answer the M-CHAT questions at home, please discuss your M-CHAT results with your doctor regardless of the results.

M-CHAT Screening

The M-CHAT is an autism screening tool designed to identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thorough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism-specific screening at 18 and 24 months of age, in addition to broad developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24 months. The M-CHAT, one of the AAP recommended tools, can be administered at these well-child visits.

Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc.?
Does your child take an interest in other children?
Does your child like climbing on things, such as up stairs?
Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo/hide-and-seek?
Does your child ever pretend, for example, to talk on the phone or take care of a doll or pretend other things?
Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to ask for something?
Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to indicate interest in something?
Can your child play properly with small toys (e.g. cars or blocks) without just mouthing, fiddling, or dropping them?
Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent) to show you something?
Does your child look you in the eye for more than a second or two?
Does your child ever seem oversensitive to noise? (e.g., plugging ears)
Does your child smile in response to your face or your smile?
Does your child imitate you? (e.g., you make a face-will your child imitate it?)
Does your child respond to his/her name when you call?
If you point at a toy across the room, does your child look at it?
Does your child walk?
Does your child look at things you are looking at?
Does your child make unusual finger movements near his/her face?
Does your child try to attract your attention to his/her own activity?
Have you ever wondered if your child is deaf?
Does your child understand what people say?
Does your child sometimes stare at things or wander with purpose?
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