M-CHAT ASD Screening

The following M-Chat Screening is for educational purposes only.  Your answers to the following questions will be compared to those given for subjects with and without ASD concerns.

Instructions for Use: The M-CHAT is validated for screening toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age, to assess risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  The M-CHAT can be administered and scored as part of a well-child check-up, and also can be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for ASD. 

The primary goal of the M-CHAT was 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 for ASD will be diagnosed with ASD.  To address this, the authors have developed a structured follow-up interview for use in conjunction with the M-CHAT. We will perform this interview free of charge, call us at 516-208-9360 to make arrangements.  Users should be aware that even with the follow-up questions, a significant number of the children who fail the M-CHAT will not be diagnosed with an ASD; however, these children are at risk for other developmental disorders or delays, and therefore, evaluation is warranted for any child who fails the screening.

M-CHAT ASD Screening


1. Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc.?

2. Does your child take an interest in other children?

3. Does your child like climbing on things, such as up stairs?

4. Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo/hide-and-seek?

5. Does your child ever pretend, for example, to talk on the phone or take care of a doll or pretend other things?

6. Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to ask for something?

7. Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to indicate interest in something?

8. Can your child play properly with small toys (e.g. cars or blocks) without just mouthing, fiddling, or dropping them?

9. Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent) to show you something?

10. Does your child look you in the eye for more than a second or two?

11. Does your child ever seem oversensitive to noise? (e.g., plugging ears)

12. Does your child smile in response to your face or your smile?

13. Does your child imitate you? (e.g., you make a face-will your child imitate it?)

14. Does your child respond to his/her name when you call?

15. If you point at a toy across the room, does your child look at it?

16. Does your child walk?

17. Does your child look at things you are looking at?

18. Does your child make unusual finger movements near his/her face?

19. Does your child try to attract your attention to his/her own activity?

20. Have you ever wondered if your child is deaf?

21. Does your child understand what people say?

22. Does your child sometimes stare at nothing or wander with no purpose?

23. Does your child look at your face to check your reaction when faced with Yes No
something unfamiliar?

Please complete and receive your results by email:

The above ASD Test is a screening to be used for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to replace advice given by a qualified medical professional.

 The M-CHAT is a copyrighted instrument, it is being used for clinical and educational purposes only.  (Copyright 1999 Robins, Fein, & Barton) All rights reserved.