For Autism Awareness Month, Healthism.com has posted 3 online check-ups based on research from the University of Cambridge (Autism Research Center) it features symptom screenings, and both a childhood and teen symptoms test.
The screening instrument is based entirely off of the Q-CHAT project which builds on over 15 years of research into screening toddlers for Autism at the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge.
At the end of the screening, they will show how your child compares with other children – both ones with formally diagnosed Autism, and ones who do not have Autism.
While this 10 question survey is very basic it is only designed as a tool to determine whether your child may require further investigation by a professional. It is not a substitute for diagnosis.
Tell your child’s health care provider immediately if you think something is wrong. Your child’s health care provider will note your comments and concerns, will ask some other questions, and will determine the best plan of action. In some cases, the health care provider will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your child to get more specific information about symptoms. To rule out certain conditions, the health care provider will also test your child’s hearing and check your child’s lead level before deciding on a course of action.
If red flags are present, and if the lead and hearing tests show no problems, your child’s health care provider may refer you to a specialist in child development or another specialized health care provider. The specialist will conduct a number of tests to determine whether or not your child has autism or an ASD.
Reference and Credits: Baron-Cohen S, Hoekstra RA, Knickmeyer R, Wheelwright S. The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ)—Adolescent Version. J Autism Dev Disord. 2006;36:343-350.