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 autistic children will have the same symptoms. Warning signs 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 spectrum disorder. A high score suggests it's appropriate to visit a trained healthcare professional for an evaluation.
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.