Table 1

Modified checklist for autism in toddlers16

Please fill out the following about how your child usually is. Please try to answer every question. If the behaviour is rare (eg, you’ve seen it once or twice), please answer as if the child does not do it.
1Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc.?YesNo
2Does your child take an interest in other children?YesNo
3Does your child like climbing on things, such as up stairs?YesNo
4Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo/hide-and-seek?YesNo
5Does your child ever pretend, for example, to talk on the phone or take care of dolls, or pretend other things?YesNo
6Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to ask for something?YesNo
7Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point, to indicate interest in something?YesNo
8Can your child play properly with small toys (eg, cars or bricks) without just mouthing, fiddling, or dropping them?YesNo
9Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent) to show you something?YesNo
10Does your child look you in the eye for more than a second or two?YesNo
11Does your child ever seem oversensitive to noise? (eg, plugging ears)YesNo
12Does your child smile in response to your face or your smile?YesNo
13Does your child imitate you? (eg, you make a face – will your child imitate it?)YesNo
14Does your child respond to his/her name when you call?YesNo
15If you point at a toy across the room, does your child look at it?YesNo
16Does your child walk?YesNo
17Does your child look at things you are looking at?YesNo
18Does your child make unusual finger movements near his/her face?YesNo
19Does your child try to attract your attention to his/her own activity?YesNo
20Have you ever wondered if your child is deaf?YesNo
21Does your child understand what people say?YesNo
22Does your child sometimes stare at nothing or wander with no purpose?YesNo
23Does your child look at your face to check your reaction when faced with something unfamiliar?YesNo
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