Why Is This Case Important?
Early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders often allows access to interventions, which may lead to improved outcomes. Formal screening of every child for ASD during pediatric visits has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at 18 and 24 months. This case highlights important issues surrounding screening for ASD.
In this video, parents describe the preliminary screening results of their son via the M-CHAT and subsequent autism diagnosis. They discuss difficulties interpreting due to their son's positive performance in all areas except language. The film was made before the M-CHAT Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) was available.