Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Is My Child on the Autism Spectrum?

If your child is acquiring social and communication skills slower than his or her peers, take this self-test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and then share the results with a mental health professional for evaluation.

Reviewed by John Harrington, M.D.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological disorder characterized by difficulty communicating verbally and relating socially to others, alongside a need to engage in repetitive behaviors or language. Early symptoms often noted by parents include delayed speech, restricted interests, not responding to his or her name, and avoiding eye contact. No two people with ASD will have the same symptoms. They might be easy to see in one person, and virtually invisible in another.

Take the self-test below to find out whether your child’s symptoms resemble those of children diagnosed with autism. A high score suggests a visit to a trained healthcare professional for diagnosis.

This self-test was adapted from the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers — Revised (M-CHAT-R) designed to screen the possibility of ASD, and from The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”), developed by ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge, for assessing the severity of autism spectrum symptoms in children. If you have concerns about possible ASD see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This screener is for personal use only.


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What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test Could Your Child Have a Learning Disability?
2. Take This Test Could Your Child Have Sensory Processing Disorder?
3. Take This Test Could Your Child Have an Executive Function Disorder?
4. Learn Why Some Children on the Autism Spectrum Are Misdiagnosed with ADHD
5. Read The Autism-Friendly Behavior Intervention Plan
6. Listen to the Free Webinar “Boost Your Child’s Social Smarts: A Parent’s Guide for Kids with ADHD & ASD,” with Christine Lang, Ph.D.
7. Purchase  “9 Conditions Often Diagnosed with ADHD”

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