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Children's Specialized Hospital Autism Program

Developmental Screening

Screening for developmental delays and autism is available at Children’s Specialized Hospital. Children ages twelve to forty-eight months are screened by an Advanced Practice Nurse using standardized assessment measures. 

It is important to observe a child’s early developmental milestones such as sitting, walking, language and behavior. Every child develops at his or her own pace, but sometimes certain areas of a child’s development are delayed.   It is important for parents of young children to understand some of the developmental milestones that are important to watch as your child is growing.  

The M-CHAT™  is a parent completed questionnaire consisting of twenty-three items designed to screen for autism spectrum disorders in toddlers (i.e., over the age of twelve months, and ideally over the age of eighteen months and up to forty-eight months). A parent can complete the items independently. The M-CHAT™ does not allow a clinician to make a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, but is a very useful clinical tool that has excellent sensitivity and specificity. Positive results suggest a high risk for an autism spectrum disorder, and may necessitate referral. The M-CHAT™ does not require clinician observation. 
Parents should take the time to talk to their child’s doctor or nurse if they have questions about their child’s developmental milestones. If you are concerned about your child’s development, contact the Children’s Specialized Hospital Developmental Screening Clinic at 1-888-CHILDREN, extension 5226.

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Parents should take the time to talk to their child’s doctor or nurse if they have questions about their child’s developmental milestones.  If you are concerned about your child’s development, contact the Children’s Specialized Hospital Developmental Screening Clinic at 1-888-CHILDREN, extension 5226.
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