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Screening

Screening for autism most often happens at an early age, as parents and caregivers notice the signs and symptoms in their children. Autism Speaks Canada encourages you to ask your child’s healthcare provider to screen your child for autism without delay.

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If you’re a parent or other caregiver concerned that a child may have autism, it’s important and always appropriate to take your concerns to a doctor. Autism Speaks Canada encourages you to do so promptly as earlier intervention can improve outcomes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends autism screening at all 18- and 24-month well-child visits and anytime a parent or doctor has concerns. But you don’t have to wait. You can request an autism screening anytime from your child’s doctor. Such a screening does not diagnose autism. Rather, it looks further at the behaviors that are considered “red flags” for autism.

Meanwhile, you can complete The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised (M-CHAT-R™) below. This scientifically validated screening test assesses autism risk in children ages 16 to 30 months. It takes just a few minutes to complete, and you can print and take the results to your doctor.

Screening is the first step in understanding your child's world and helping them be the best they can be.

Take the M-CHAT-R™ Screening Questionnaire

This two-minute questionnaire can help you determine if your child might have autism, prior to seeing a doctor.

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