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.
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