Q-CHAT

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Q-CHAT

The Quantitative Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (Q-CHAT) is a questionnaire which aims to identify toddlers aged 18 to 30 months old who may have autism. The Q-CHAT has 25 questions and takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes for a parent/carer to complete if they have concerns related to their child’s social communication development.

Each question enquires about a specific behaviour, and parents/carers can answer according to the frequency of the behaviour the child displays. The Q-CHAT is not a diagnostic instrument. It is a tool that can be used by clinicians and researchers with parents/carers to help decide whether a child may benefit from being referred for an autism assessment.

If you have concerns about your child that are related to his/her development, please discuss these concerns with your family doctor.

The questionnaire is completely anonymous, and the anonymised test results will made be available only to Professor Simon Baron-Cohen’s team at the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, for research purposes.

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1. Background Question:

What age is your child (in months)?

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2. Background Question:

What is your child's gender?

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3. Background Question:
Does your Child have an Autism diagnosis?

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4. Background Question:
Has your child been diagnosed with any of the following?

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5. Background Question:
Do any of your child’s immediate family members (siblings or parents) have a diagnosis of autism?

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6. Does your child look at you when you call his/her name?

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7. How easy is it for you to get eye contact with your child?

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8. When your child is playing alone, does s/he line objects up?

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9. Can other people easily understand your child’s speech?

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10. Does your child point to indicate that s/he wants something (e.g a toy that is out of reach)?

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11. Does your child point to share interest with you (e.g pointing at an interesting sight)?

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12. How long can your child’s interest be maintained by a spinning object (e.g washing machine, electric fan, toy car wheels)?

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13. How many words can your child say?

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14. Does your child pretend (e.g. care for dolls, talk on a toy phone)?

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15. Does your child follow where you’re looking?

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16. How often does your child sniff or lick unusual objects?

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17. Does your child place your hand on an object when s/he wants you to use it (e.g on a door handle when s/he wants you to open the door, on a toy when s/he wants you to activate it)?

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18. Does your child walk on tiptoe?

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19. How easy is it for your child to adapt when his/her routine changes or when things are out of their usual place?

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20. If you or someone else in the family is visibly upset, does your child show signs of wanting to comfort them (e.g stroking their hair, hugging them)?

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21. Does your child do the same thing over and over again (e.g running the tap, turning the light switch on and off, opening and closing doors)?

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22. Would you describe your child’s first words as:

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23. Does your child echo things s/he hears (e.g things that you say, lines from songs or movies, sounds)?

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24. Does your child use simple gestures (e.g wave goodbye)?

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25. Does your child make unusual finger movements near his/her eyes?

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26. Does your child spontaneously look at your face to check your reaction when faced with something unfamiliar?

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27. How long can your child’s interest be maintained by just one or two objects?

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28. Does your child twiddle objects repetitively (e.g pieces of string)

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29. Does your child seem oversensitive to noise?

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30. Does your child stare at nothing with no apparent purpose?

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