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The French Version of the Modified-Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT): A Validation Study on a French Sample of 24 Month-Old Children

Authors
  • Baduel, Sophie1
  • Guillon, Quentin1
  • Afzali, Mohammad H.1
  • Foudon, Nadège1, 2
  • Kruck, Jeanne1
  • Rogé, Bernadette1, 3
  • 1 Universite de Toulouse, UT2J, CERPPS, 5, allées Antonio Machado, Toulouse Cedex9, 31058, France , Toulouse Cedex9 (France)
  • 2 Universite de Neuchâtel, Centre de Sciences Cognitives, Espace Louis-Agassiz 1, Neuchâtel, 2000, Switzerland , Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
  • 3 Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), Paris, France , Paris (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Nov 05, 2016
Volume
47
Issue
2
Pages
297–304
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2950-y
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Early ASD screening has the potential to reduce delays between initial parental concerns and diagnosis, and promote early intervention. The aim of this study was to validate the M-CHAT on a French population sample of 24 month-old children. This study included a low-risk sample of 1227 children. A total of 20 children screened positive on the M-CHAT. Twelve out of 20 of these children received a diagnosis of ASD at 36 months, yielding a PPV of 0.60. These results add to the evidence that the M-CHAT is a useful screening instrument and further demonstrates the importance of the follow-up interview in primary care settings. This study provides French practitioners with guidelines regarding the use of the M-CHAT at 24 months.

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