1. Complete the M-CHAT-R/F
Start by completing the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F). If your child screens positive on the M-CHAT-R/F, it is strongly recommended that your child is referred for early intervention and diagnostic testing as soon as possible. You may consider discussing this with your child's GP, paediatrician or child health nurse. If the healthcare provider or parent has concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorder, your child should be referred for further evaluation regardless of the score on the M-CHAT-R or M-CHAT-R/F.
To take the test, follow this link: M-CHAT-R/F
2. Know the Developmental Milestones
Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. These milestones are a useful guide for tracking your child's development and include physical development, emotional development, cognitive development, language development and social development. The Early Years Learning Framework which has been developed by Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd NSW (CCCC) for the Department of Education. It provides examples of development from birth to 5 years of age. You can use this reference as a source of information (rather than as a prescriptive checklist) to track your child's development across the different domains of development.
To review the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) click here
3. Learn about Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behaviour. Programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated systematically to improve behaviours that are important to society and the individual. It can be applied in a variety of contexts (such as home and school) and can be used to teach skills to any learner! It is particularly effective for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but isn't used exclusively with this population. If you do have concerns about your child's development, there are many evidence based strategies that we can use to teach them the skills that they need to learn.