The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised (M-CHAT-R) is a scientifically validated tool for screening children between 16 and 30 months of age. The M-CHAT-R assesses your child’s risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by answering 20 simple questions regarding your child’s current behavior and communication. It is recommended that all children receive autism screening at 18 and 24 months of age.
It is important however to note that the M-CHAT-R is a screener and only indicates if your child is at risk. If your child is at risk, it is advised that you visit a health care provider such as a Paediatrician or Clinical Psychologist to gain a definitive diagnosis and seek the necessary health care professionals such as a Speech Pathologist and Occupational therapist to assist with the child’s communication and behavior challenges.