Is your child hyper active or difficult to manage??
All children between 18 to 24 months should be screened for hyperactivity and Behavioral disorders like Autism etc. (as per recommendation of American Academy of Pediatrics).
It can be easily done in OPD setting using M- chat (23 point Questionnaire). it takes hardly 10- 15 minutes.. If positive, child can be referred to Child developmental specialist for detailed work up.
It is available at Maya clinic (No extra charges).
Feel free to discuss with our child specialist/Pediatrician.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening all children for autism at the 18 and 24-month well-child visits in addition to regular developmental surveillance. This type of screening can identify children with significant developmental and behavioral challenges early, when they may benefit most from intervention, as well as those with other developmental difficulties. For screening to be effective, it must be applied to all children – not only those with Symptoms.
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT): In most offices, pediatricians use the M-CHAT, a 23-point questionnaire filled out by parents. Most families find it easy to fill out. Using this standardized screening, pediatricians can pick up children at risk for ASD and will be prompted to start conversations about language delay, concerns about behavior, or possible next steps for a child at risk with additional genetic , neurologic, or developmental testing.
Screening Isn’t Diagnosing!
It’s important to note that screening isn’t diagnosing. If your child has a positive screen for an ASD, it doesn’t mean he or she will be diagnosed on the spectrum. And further, if your child screens normally but you continue to worry about ASD, don’t be shy. Screening tests are just that—screening—and don’t identify all children with ASD. The rate of success for the M-CHAT, for example, isn’t 100%, so it is used in combination with health and family history to identify children at risk. Your opinions as a parent are irreplaceable and of the most importance.
If You Are Concerned and Your Child Has Not Been Formally Screened:
Talk with your pediatrician about doing a formal screening. Many screening tools are available.
Dr Rahul Varma