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There are many different developmental screening tools. CDC does not approve or endorse any specific tools for screening purposes. This list is not exhaustive, and other tests may be available.

Selected examples of screening tools for general development and ASD:

Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)  

This is a general developmental screening tool. Parent-completed questionnaire; series of 19 age-specific questionnaires screening communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving, and personal adaptive skills; results in a pass/fail score for domains.

Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS)

Standardized tool for screening of communication and symbolic abilities up to the 24-month level; the Infant-Toddler Checklist is a 1-page, parent-completed screening tool.


Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) 

This is a general developmental screening tool. Parent-interview form; screens for developmental and behavioral problems needing further evaluation; single response form used for all ages; may be useful as a surveillance tool.

Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT)

Parent-completed questionnaire designed to identify children at risk for autism in the general population.



Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT) 

This is an interactive screening tool designed for children when developmental concerns are suspected. It consists of 12 activities assessing play, communication, and imitation skills and takes 20 minutes to administer.

A more comprehensive list of developmental screening tools is available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), including descriptions of the tools, sensitivity and specificity. The list includes general screening tools, as well as those for ASD.

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