The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R) is a screener that will ask a series of 20 questions about your child’s behavior. It's intended for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. The results will let you know if further evaluation may be needed. You can use the results of the screener to discuss any concerns that you may have with your child’s healthcare provider.
To score the M-CHAT-R, add up the number of at-risk responses, and follow the algorithm below:
Total Score 0-2: The score is LOW risk. No Follow-Up needed.
Total Score 3-7 : The score is MODERATE risk.
Total Score: 8-20 : The score is HIGH risk.
The M-CHAT-R/F is an autism screening tool designed to identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thorough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay. The M-CHAT-R can be administered and scored as part of a well-child care visit, and also can be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for ASD. The primary goal of the M-CHAT-R is to maximize sensitivity, meaning to detect as many cases of ASD as possible. Therefore, there is a high false-positive rate, meaning that not all children who score at risk will be diagnosed with ASD. To address this, pinnacle blooms have developed a Questionnaire.