Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as if there are any checklists parents can fill out on their own
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Host: Are there any checklists parents can fill out on their own? Peggy Halliday: There are checklists that parents can use and some of them can be downloaded for free from the internet. There is one called the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers or the M-CHAT that was developed by the Psychology Department at the University of the Connecticut and has a lot of good research behind it to show that is a promising tool for screening children with autism. It's designed to be used with children between the ages of 16 and 23 months of age and it asks 23 questions and parents can respond to this, in just a few minutes and has some good information about whether their child is at risk. Then they can take that checklist if their child does come out at risk and they can take that to their doctor and begin the steps of getting a more fairer evaluation.