CHAT Test for Autism

The CHAT (Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) test is given to children ages 18 months to 24 years. It is a quick five minute test that can show a care giver or a medical provider if a child has several markers that may indicate the presence of autism spectrum disorder. It should be mentioned that your pediatrician should be consulted immediately if you consider that your child may have a developmental delay. The sooner a child receives treatment, the better his or her response may be to therapy.

Autism is actually a diagnosis that encompasses several different disorders, all of which affect a child causing developmental delays. Most notably, in autism there tends to be major speech and communicative delays, but in some other forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, the speech and communication develops normally, sometimes even at an accelerated pace, such as Aspergers Syndrome.

Created by: Janet Bowser of Just A Mom, That's More Than Enough
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  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your gender?
  1. Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc?
  2. Does your child take an interest in other children?
  3. Does your child like climbing on things, such as up stairs?
  4. Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo/hide-and-seek?
  5. Does your child ever pretend, for example, to talk on the phone or take care of dolls, or pretend other things?
  6. Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to ask for something?
  7. Can your child play properly with small toys (e.g. cars or bricks) without just mouthing, fiddling, or dropping them?
  8. Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent) to show you something?
  9. Does your child look you in the eye for more than a second or two?
  10. Does your child ever seem oversensitive to noise? (e.g., plugging ears)
  11. Does your child smile in response to your face or your smile?
  12. Does your child imitate you? (e.g., you make a face-will your child imitate it?)
  13. Does your child respond to his/her name when you call?
  14. If you point at a toy across the room, does your child look at it?
  15. Does your child walk?
  16. Does your child look at things you are looking at?
  17. Does your child make unusual finger movements near his/her face?
  18. Does your child try to attract your attention to his/her own activity?
  19. Have you ever wondered if your child is deaf?
  20. Does your child understand what people say?
  21. Does your child sometimes stare at nothing or wander with no purpose?
  22. Does your child look at your face to check your reaction when faced with something unfamiliar?

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