Dr. Mary Barbera talks about the M-CHAT autism symptoms checklist, which is a tool used to help parents understand how to recognize autism signs in toddlers.
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At the thought of autism, many parents start panicking that their child might have it once they start hyper-focusing on some of the many things their child might be doing that is considered an autism symptom. However, language development in toddlers can be measured easily through a tool called the M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers). This is an autism recognition tool, or at least a tool that helps determine if your child might have autism or is showing signs, by asking a series of important questions. This is one of the many autism screening tools that are available, but easily the most accessible to parents and professionals. This checklist and series of questions will help you look at some of the crucial behaviors your child should be displaying and provide tips for recognizing autism. At the end of this mini autism screening test, you should be able to some of the red flags for autism, and if your child is displaying them.
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Dr. Mary Barbera “fell” into the world of autism in 1999 when her firstborn son, Lucas, was diagnosed with autism one day before his third birthday. In the last 2 decades, Mary went from almost nothing about autism to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, writing a bestseller, The Verbal Behavior Approach (now translated into more than 10 languages) and obtaining a PhD. with an in-depth knowledge of some of the best ABA autism strategies. In 2015, Mary began her first online course on autism that has already been purchased from parents and professionals in more than 45 countries and now sells 3 courses online. With more than 2 decades in the world of autism, both as a parent and as a professional, Mary is in a unique position to help you, especially if you live or work with a child with autism who also has delays or language disorders. Its mission is to change things for 2 million children with autism (or signs of autism) by 2020 through online training and advocacy.