Oberlin College and Conservatory

Screening Detects Autism in Toddlers

Friday, March 15 at 4:30pm

Severance Hall, 104
120 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Diana Robins, (’96)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that manifests during the first years of life, yet many autistic children are not diagnosed until they are 4 years or even older. This presentation will use video examples to review the common behavioral manifestation of autism in toddlers, such as joint attention and pretend play. I will describe strategies used to detect toddlers with elevated likelihood of autism; conflicting guidelines for primary care professionals, often the only experts to see very young children; and how utility of screening tools is evaluated in research and practice, with emphasis on sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value. Using examples from the literature on the tool I developed, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F), I will discuss challenges and opportunities in early detection of autism.

Sponsored by the Psychology Department and the Alumni Office

Event Type



Academic, Psychology, Administrative, Alumni Association



Photo Alternate Text

Screening Detects Autism in Toddlers

Contact Person

Sally Moffitt

Contact Phone Number


Contact E-mail Address


Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity