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M-CHAT Screening

The M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a screening tool to test for autism in young children. Autism occurrs in one out of every 110 children. Early detection is key to effective treatment, which is why Children’s Physicians encourages parents to schedule regular well-check visits for their toddlers. We then monitor the percentage of 18-month and 24-month-old children who have been in for well-check visits and screened using the M-CHAT.

In 2012, we scored in the top 10 percent nationally compared to our peers as 94 percent of our 18-month-old patients and 99 percent of our 24-month-old patients had screened using the M-CHAT. We are not at 100 percent because some children do not receive the screening due to parental refusal, and others do not because a developmental delay has already been diagnosed prior to 18 or 24 months of age.

   Our Score   
2009
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2010
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2011

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2012

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M-CHAT at 18-Month Well-Check
Percentage of patients who received an
M-CHAT screening by their 18-Month
Well-Check visit.


92 percent

 
94 percent
 
 
91 percent
 
94 percent
 
N/A
M-CHAT at 2-Year Well-Check
Percentage of patients who received an
M-CHAT screening by their 2-Year
Well-Check visit.

91 percent

98 percent

98 percent

99 percent

N/A