Predictive Validity of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) Born Very Preterm
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Among extremely preterm children with ASD, almost one-half were not correctly screened by the M-CHAT at age 2 years. Sensorimotor and cognitive impairments, SES, and emotional/behavioral dysregulation contributed significantly to M-CHAT misclassifications. Clinicians are advised to consider these factors when screening very preterm toddlers for ASD.