My results were "Risk For Autism"

Make an appointment with your child's primary care physician as soon as possible to go over the results of the test. Print the results of the M-CHAT before you go and give a copy to your child's healthcare provider. The doctor will review the M-CHAT results with you to confirm the results and may refer you to your local Early Intervention site or other medical specialists. You may also call the Early Intervention site in your area directly to schedule an appointment and go over the results of the M-CHAT. Contact the state coordinators listed on your M-CHAT report to set-up an appointment.

Sample M–CHAT Report

Result: Risk for Autism

The results of this screen suggest that there are some areas in which your child may not be developing like other children in his/her age group.

Studies show that children with a "Risk for autism" have:


Genetic testing is recommended by many medical organizations. This may help determine an underlying cause and guide treatment for your child.

It is also recommended that you make an appointment with your primary care doctor to review your child's M–CHAT findings and/or have a complete developmental assessment at your local Early Intervention Center. Parents may contact Early Intervention Center directly. Contact your state coordinators to schedule an appointment. This assessment is free, and is available in all states.

Remember, the M–CHAT is only a screening tool to help identify children that may benefit from a more complete development assessment. This is not a diagnosis.

Genetic testing for children with developmental delay or autism is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Medical Genetics.

State Coordinators

State Department of Education
Office of Special Education
Contact: Phyllis Mondak – 619 Coordinator

James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
PO Box 2120

Phone: (804) 225-2675 Fax: (804) 371-8796
Department of MH/MR/SA Services
Infant and Toddler Connection of VA
Contact: Mary Ann Discenza – Part C Coordinator

Richmond, VA 23218-1797
PO Box 1797

Phone: (804) 371-6592
Alt Phone: (800) 234-1448 (Central Directory for Early Intervention Services)
Fax: (804) 371-7959