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?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
Male
Female
3. Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc?
yes
no
4. Does your child take an interest in other children?
yes
no
5. Does your child like climbing on things, such as up stairs?
yes
no
6. Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo/hide-and-seek?
yes
no
7. Does your child ever pretend, for example, to talk on the phone or take care of dolls, or pretend other things?
yes
no
8. Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to ask for something?
yes
no
9. Can your child play properly with small toys (e.g. cars or bricks) without just mouthing, fiddling, or dropping them?
yes
no
10. Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent) to show you something?
yes
no
11. Does your child look you in the eye for more than a second or two?
yes
no
12. Does your child ever seem oversensitive to noise? (e.g., plugging ears)
yes
no
13. Does your child smile in response to your face or your smile?
yes
no
14. Does your child imitate you? (e.g., you make a face-will your child imitate it?)
yes
no
15. Does your child respond to his/her name when you call?
yes
no
16. If you point at a toy across the room, does your child look at it?
yes
no
17. Does your child walk?
yes
no
18. Does your child look at things you are looking at?
yes
no
19. Does your child make unusual finger movements near his/her face?
yes
no
20. Does your child try to attract your attention to his/her own activity?
yes
no
21. Have you ever wondered if your child is deaf?
yes
no
22. Does your child understand what people say?
yes
no
23. Does your child sometimes stare at nothing or wander with no purpose?
yes
no
24. Does your child look at your face to check your reaction when faced with something unfamiliar?
yes
no

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