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Was the M-Chat test accurate in your child's case?

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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I filled out one for my 3 year old and it was determined that she is most likely not on the spectrum. I have done them multiple times because I have had so many concerns. Her doc doesn't worry about her. And she is Early Intervention and they don't seem to worry either. I didn't know what to think though. Maybe I was just driving my self crazy with all the thoughts and reading things on the internet about Autism. Though she's improving all the time, sometimes I still think they could be Autistic. Is it enough to fill out the M-Chat and go by what those results are or should I still get her an evaluation for Autism? 

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ineedcoffeemom
by Brittaney on Jul. 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

If you're concerned you can always get an official eval just to be sure. In my daughter's case though, the M-CHAT showed there was definite cause for concern and when she was evaluated by ECI they immediately told me they were concerned about autism and I should have her tested. I had already scheduled an appointment when we met with ECI, so they kinda reassured me I definitely needed to have her tested. 4 months later she was diagnosed. My daughter was in ECI for over a year and while she did make improvements, they weren't near the improvements I was hoping for and she's still very very delayed.

sunshinepraying
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I would get an evaluation if you think it might be Autism. She might have mild Austism or something that might not qualify just by using the M-CHAT. 

momtomiles
by Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM
The mchat showed cause for concern and our son did get a formal diagnosis at 18 months. It's just a questionaire for parents to fill out. You need to get a formal evaluation to determine if it's autism or not.
Jenn8604
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM
I don't even remember what the mchat is.
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lady_katie
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
I'm not sure, my son was already on the waiting list for a developmental evaluation by the time he was given the M-CHAT, so it was pretty irrelevant. I do remember it being very vague though and only addressing stereotypical autistic behaviors. If you have concerns, I would see a developmental pediatrician for an evaluation. Seeing a specialist isn't going to hurt, but deciding not to or waiting to see what happens can.
AnnaNonamus
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM
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Glad I'm not alone ;)

Quoting Jenn8604: I don't even remember what the mchat is.


03071012
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM
The M-CHAT showed cause for concern with my 4 year old. Our pediatrician office has us full out the M-CHAT at 18, 24, and 36 month well checks. I filled it out at her 24 month check and she was diagnosed with autism two months later.
Momof4AEMW
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

It did show both my two with ASD as having red flags.  But I think anytime you want real answers, you go see someone qualified to give them.  In this case Developmental Pediatrician, Developmental Psychologist, or Neuro Psychologist.

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 24, 2014 at 5:28 AM

It was correct with my son.  I'd get a referral to a developmental pediatrician if I were you...Good luck!

SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 8:26 AM
Never did an m chat... At 3.5 I decided to take my child to a neurologist pediatric- and they did testing and evaluations. I got 2 opinions. One said yes, my son was on the spectrum, the other said no.
At 5 he started school... And although cognitively advanced he had difficulty.
We've been seeing a psychologist who is an Aspergers expert and only recently (he is almost 8) has she assured us that he is in fact HFA ASD. We've also recently seen a developmental pediatrician who also confirmed to DX at 8.
My son has a high iq, but struggles socially (handful of friends) and rigid thinking- sensory issues. He is high functioning with mild to moderate ASD symptoms.

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