Thanks to Glendi for posting the link about the M-CHAT. It was really helpful, and the info is also available at www.mchatscreen.com
My daughter is a little younger than the 16-30 month age range for the M-CHAT, but as of right now she would fail the test. I'm trying to get an idea of what's in store for us after I get a referral to a developmental pedi.
My little girl does not pretend. She doesn't point with her index finger to ask for something or to indicate interest in something. She doesn't walk yet. She doesn't seem to understand what we are saying most of the time.
1. Does anyone have info on what percentage of toddlers who fail the M-CHAT actually get diagnosed with ASD?
2. If we need to go outside our health insurance plan to see a developmental pedi, will the evaluation cost a small fortune?
3. How long does an evaluation take? What happens at an evaluation?
4. I noticed that there are no questions on the M-CHAT about expressive language. How does my daughter's severe expressive language delay fit into the picture? How does the specialist determine whether the speech delay is related to autism or not?
5. My daughter exhibits tactile defensiveness. Does this factor weigh in favor of an autism diagnosis?
6. Can anyone recommend a book or website for parents wondering if their speech-delayed kid has autism?
Thanks for your input. My daughter has been showing progress lately, but I'm still losing sleep wondering if an autism diagnosis is in our future.