CHAT: Checklist for Autism in Toddlers - A Screening Tool
The following test can be used by a pediatrician or family doctor during the 18 month diagnostic checkup. The CHAT should not be used as a diagnostic instrument, but can alert the primary health professional to the need for an expert referral.
* Indicates critical questions that are most indicative of autistic characteristics.
1. (To record YES on this item, ensure that the child has not simply looked at your hand, but has actually looked at the object you are pointing at.)
2. (If you can elicit an example of pretending in some other game, score a YES on this item.)
3. (Repeat this with, "Where's the teddy bear?" or some other unreachable object if the child does not understand the word "light". To record a YES on this item, the child must have looked up at your face around the time of pointing.)
The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1996, vol. 168, pp.
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