Could My Child Be on the Autism Spectrum?

The Caravel Autism Health
Pediatric Development Screener

Parents are often the first to notice that their child is different. At Caravel Autism Health, we are autism health specialists committed to working with families to help them identify the underlying cause for a child’s behavior.

To assist families in determining whether a child is exhibiting behaviors that may indicate that he or she is on the autism spectrum, we have developed a simple screening tool. The screening tool is a series of “true or false” statements.

Could My Child Be on the Autism Spectrum?


Please select the true or false statement most consistent with your child. If the statement is true or mostly true, then select true. If the statement is false or mostly false, then select false.1 out of 21

My child is rarely sensitive to sounds and does not cover his/her ears when upset.

2 out of 21

My child almost always turns to look at me when I address him or her.

3 out of 21

My child rarely holds items close to his or her eyes or looks at things from unusual angles.

4 out of 21

My child does not like to stare excessively at lights, mirrors, ceiling fans or falling objects.

5 out of 21

My child is a good eater and eats a wide variety of foods.

6 out of 21

My child never flaps his/her hands or becomes rigid when excited or angry.

7 out of 21

My child has good coordination and has no difficulty with age-appropriate, fine-motor tasks.

8 out of 21

My child points with his or her index finger to draw my attention to objects.

9 out of 21

My child usually seeks out other children his or her own age when they are near.

10 out of 21

My child would rather play with other children than do his or her own thing.

11 out of 21

My child almost always looks me in the eye when I talk to him or her.

12 out of 21

My child can easily imitate actions, words and facial expressions.

13 out of 21

My child can label and request most objects and actions.

14 out of 21

My child rarely insists that things be done the way they are usually done.

15 out of 21

My child rarely insists that things be done his or her own way.

16 out of 21

My child rarely needs routine and is very flexible with unplanned changes.

17 out of 21

My child is fairly compliant and usually follows my directions.

18 out of 21

My child easily follows verbal instructions and directions.

19 out of 21

My child does not rock, jump, spin or move around excessively.

20 out of 21

My child follows rules we have discussed, even when I am not around.

21 out of 21

Be sure to click Submit Screener to learn whether an autism assessment is recommended for your child.



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