Autism Explained

Screening Tools

Developmental Screening Tools

Screening tools are designed to help identify children who might have developmental delays. Screening tools do not provide conclusive evidence of developmental delays and do not result in diagnoses. A positive screening result should be followed up with your child’s health care provider immediately if you think something is wrong.

Types of Screening Tools

There are many different developmental screening tools that may be administered by professionals, community service providers, and in some cases, parents. These include:

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)
  • Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS)
  • Parent’s Evaluation of Development Status (PEDS)
  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
  • Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT)
  • Observation tools such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-G)
  • The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)
  • The Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R)

This list is not exhaustive, and other tests are available.

Online Tools

If you suspect you or your loved one has an autism spectrum disorder, please consult with your family doctor, psychologist, developmental pediatrician or nurse practitioner.  Otherwise, visit Autism Junction to find someone near you for a diagnostic assessment.