- Published: 25 February 2013
Since last February, the 11th, a news of interest about a validated screening tool for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) applied at early stages. It is available at the newspaper "la Opinión de Zamora".
Even though nowadays several tools to reach that objective are available, the news is referred to the sifting test named M-CHAT and to the projecte developed by lecturers' team at the Salamanca University.
The projecte began last 2005 and since then, from all the detected cases, finally 12 have been diagnosed with ASD at early stages.
M-CHAT is a highly reliable test for the ASD symptoms' detection. This test can lead us to a first detection and can adress both parents and professionals to a specialized diagnosis.
Early diagnosis as well as early started treatment are key elements in the autism symptoms' reduction and in the improvement of the life quality for both people affected with ASD and their relatives.
For further information about autism screening tools at early stages and the warning symptoms to care about, click on the following links: Instrumentos de detección y síntomas de alerta y M-chat.