Transforming Screening and Surveillance for Autism in Children: Well Child Lens & The iM-CHAT

L. Tiranoff, D. Robins, D. Fein, C. Kerns, G. Polin, M. Tiranoff, J. Silverman
Tiranoff Productions LLC, United States

Keywords: Screening, Autism, Toddlers, iM-CHAT, Pediatrician

The Interactive Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (iM-CHAT) is a video-enhanced, automated version of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT), the only clinically validated ASD-specific screener for toddlers (16-30 mos). The iM-CHAT uses brief video illustrations, automation, and a web-based platform to improve the accessibility of the M-CHAT and the accuracy of ASD screening. Video examples of key behaviors improve parent engagement with and comprehension of the M-CHAT-R/F items. The iM-CHAT automatically scores responses and incorporates Follow-Up questions into screening when needed, reducing the need for additional physician or staff time, and giving physicians, the opportunity to see the complete results in real time during the well visit. The system alerts doctors to any 'red flag" results so that these can be discussed with parents during the visit and needed referrals made in a timely manner. The iM-CHAT's flexible cloud-based platform enhances screening feasibility and efficiency by allowing parents to complete the screening at home prior to the well child appointment.