Screening Tools for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research has found that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until they are much older. This delay means that children with an ASD might not get the help they need. The earlier an ASD is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.
Developmental Screening Tools
Screening tools are designed to help identify children who might have developmental delays. Screening tools do not provide conclusive evidence of developmental delays and do not result in diagnoses. A positive screening result should be followed up with your child's health care provider immediately if you think something is wrong.
Types of Screening Tools
There are many different developmental screening tools that may be admistered by professionals, community service providers and in some cases parents. These include:
This list is not exhaustive, and other tests are available.