Developmental Screening Tools

The Centers for Disease Control have identified these developmental screening tools as the most commonly employed. Parents may expect for their child to be tested using one or more of the following tools.

According to the CDC, the most commonly used developmental screening tools include the following.
Ages and Stages: A series of nineteen questionnaires, this test addresses the child’s ability to communicate, motor skills, and other expectable areas of early development. Because the questionnaires are age-specific, doctors can be completely focused in their evaluations of very young children.
Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS): Sometimes referred to as the Infant-Toddler Checklist, this test evaluates children in their demonstration of emotion, their eye gaze, their ability to communication using gestures, sounds, and words, their understanding of spoken words and phrases, and their ability to determine an object’s usefulness.

Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT): Short and straightforward, this questionnaire features about twenty ‘yes or no’ questions referring to the toddler’s interests, motor skills, speech, and behavior. It’s scored on a scale of zero to twenty, with twenty ensuring an extremely high risk of ASD.
Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS): The Hughes Brothers promise that this screening is not as difficult as its targeted information might indicate. Entirely based on evidence gathered in the home, the tests evaluate children based on their skills and their behaviors indicative of good mental health as made manifest in their expression of emotion and social interaction, or lack thereof.Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT): Designed for children two to three years old, STAT uses a dozen separate segments (requiring less than half an hour in total) to determine early indication of ASD.

Should the tests yield results consistent with the symptoms of ASD, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation really ought to follow. The details of such evaluations will be forthcoming in the next article from your friends at Hughes Reviews.

If developmental screening yields results that are consistent with ASD symptoms, then a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation may be recommended. Family participation during this second phase is vital. Parents can describe symptoms and behaviors to the evaluation provider, who can then take these statements into account when conducting the diagnosis. The presence of at least one parent can ease the evaluation process for the child, as well.