What is M-CHAT   What is DSM-V

M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) Revised version)

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) Revised version, is a psychological questionnaire that evaluates risk for autism spectrum disorder in children ages 16–30 months.

The 20-question test is filled out by the parent, and a follow-up portion is available for children who are classified as medium- to high-risk for autism spectrum disorder.

Children who score in the medium to high-risk zone may not necessarily meet criteria for a diagnosis. The checklist is designed so that primary care physicians can interpret it immediately and easily. The M-CHAT has shown fairly good reliability and validity in assessing child autism symptoms in recent studies.

The answers can indicate whether he or she should be further evaluated by a specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist or psychologist.

Lineagen provides the free, online version of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, M-CHAT.org, at http://www.m-chat.org, to improve ease of use and expedite the screening process. This version features the latest scoring system, M-CHAT-R/F, developed by Dr. Diana Robins, Ph.D. et al. (Wikipedia)

You can take the M-CHAT-R/F Evaluation test for a toddler here.

What is DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is the 2013 update to the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) classification and diagnostic tool. In the United States the DSM serves as a universal authority for psychiatric diagnosis. Treatment recommendations, as well as payment by health care providers, are often determined by DSM classifications, so the appearance of a new version has significant practical importance.

The DSM-5 redefined the autism spectrum to encompass the previous (DSM-IV-TR) diagnoses of autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and childhood disintegrative disorder.

Features of these disorders include social deficits and communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, sensory issues, and in some cases, cognitive delays. (Wikipedia)

Autism Awareness Association’s mission is to provide information and support for families of people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder by creating the first free ONLINE AUTISM RESOURCE DIRECTORY IN LEBANON; We will seek to directly help parents by providing information and referral to therapeutic services, inclusion and information across Lebanon.
The Autism Awareness Association started offering assessment and therapy sessions. Places are limited.

Meanwhile, AAA is holding parents gathering groups to bring families together and give them a sign of solidarity and support.

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