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Autism: A screening checklist for parents

A word of caution: This checklist is only an informal screening instrument that tests for the possibility of autism. Scoring over the threshold merely means the possibility of an autism spectrum disorder exists. To obtain a diagnosis and for additional help, consult a qualified professional (psychiatrist, neurologist, developmental pediatrician or clinical psychologist). You should think of this checklist as a preliminary information tool, not as a substitute for a direct, personal evaluation of your child by a qualified professional.


This checklist is meant for parents of children 18 months and older. Please answer the following questions about how your child usually is. Please try to answer every question. If the behavior is rare (e.g., you've seen it once or twice), please answer "No".

•  Does your child take an interest in other children? Yes No
•  Does your child RESPOND to his / her name when you call? Yes No
•  If you point to an object (e.g., a toy) across the room,
   does your child look at it?
Yes No
•  Does your child ever use his / her index finger to POINT,
    to indicate interest in something?
Yes No
•  Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent)
    to show you something?
Yes No
•  Does your child IMITATE you? (e.g., you clap your hands - will
    your child imitate your action?)
Yes No
•  Does your child PRETEND, for example, talking into a mobile
    phone?
Yes No
•  Does your child use atleast 4 different consonants in
    babbling or words, such as m, n, p, b, t and d?
Yes No
•  Does your child use and understand atleast 10 words? Yes No

If you answer "No" to three or more questions, it is best that you consult your child’s pediatrician to discuss your concerns.

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