What is the M-CHAT?
The M-CHAT is the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, a screening tool developed by the University of Connecticut to help pediatricians and other primary care professionals identify children with autism. The M-CHAT does not provide a diagnosis, but it can indicate if a child is at risk and should receive further evaluation.
At the 18-24 month well-child exam we will ask you to fill out the M-CHAT questionnaire and the Ages and Stages developmental screening tool. Our office participates in the University of CT’s ongoing developmental study. These questionnaires are scored at UCONN and our physicians are notified if there are any concerns on the screening.
If a concern is identified, we will call you to discuss the findings. On occasion, an abnormal score may be a “false positive” and does not indicate an autistic spectrum disorder– it may point to another developmental issue that needs to be evaluated.
If early intervention is indicated, we will discuss therapies that may be helpful (such as speech, occupational, and physical therapy) and help make those referrals for you.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, you can speak to our physicians at any time. Child development is an integral part of child health and we are here to answer any questions you have about your child’s speech and language or social skills.