Autism Screening Tool
Do you see something in your son’s or daughter’s development that seems different than you expect? You question if the behaviors you are observing are signs of autism, but you don’t know where to start. Every child is unique, with their own strengths and challenges. Recognizing challenges or developmental delays as early as possible is crucial, and the earlier interventions start, the more they can support your child’s growth and development.
Could my child have autism? The increased acceptance and awareness of autism in children has made this a more common question among parents. Wondering whether your son or daughter is struggling, and whether the behaviors you are seeing are signs of autism can cause a wave of different thoughts and emotions. Fortunately, an autism screening tool is a great first-step!
What is an autism screening?
Autism screening tools are used to help identify areas that may need further assessment by a physician, so that your child and your family can receive the support you may need. These screenings do not replace a formal diagnosis. Should one be needed, an autism evaluation appointment with a physician can easily be scheduled. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that children be screened for autism at 18 months and 24 months (at minimum).
What are the benefits of completing an autism screening?
- Understanding your child. The screening tool can help parents become more aware of child development areas. It can help you more deeply understand your child’s experiences and better support them.
- An autism screening can help determine a child’s current probability for autism. The screening can help you understand if your child should receive an autism evaluation with a physician in order to receive an appropriate diagnosis and start intervention services that will help your child thrive.
- Early intervention is crucial. Identifying autism at an early age can help unlock therapeutic options. The earlier intervention begins for a child, the better their outcomes.
What autism screening tools are used?
Parents, guardians or caregivers can complete the M-CHAT-R or ASDQ screeners (depending on the child’s age). These tools are intended for children 16 months to 10 years of age, and consist of a series of questions about your child’s behavior – how they play, interact and communicate. Based on the results, families are provided with recommendations for next steps.
What happens after I take the screening tool?
The truth is, every child has their own unique strengths and challenges; and it’s our job at As You Are to help families work through those challenges and build on strengths, allowing each child to thrive. Our team of physicians is ready to help, from the comfort of your home. All families with concerns are encouraged to schedule an autism evaluation with an As You Are physician.
What is an autism evaluation and how do I know it’s right for my child?
Based on your child’s screening results or the concerns you are experiencing, an evaluation with a physician may be needed. We provide evaluations to help understand some of the behaviors you may be seeing. Whether your child receives an autism diagnosis or another diagnosis, your concerns will be heard. What’s most important is that our physicians will give you intervention recommendations, and referrals for services or resources in your community to help your child flourish. We provide a diagnosis that is most appropriate to guide you and your family. Together, we’ll get to a diagnosis, make a plan you feel great about, and coordinate ongoing care.