Autism Screening

Toddler or a baby child playing with puzzle in a nursery.


Early identification of and intervention for developmental problems improves developmental outcomes; and is particularly critical for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), who may demonstrate significant developmental gains with early intervention. Although the average age of diagnosis of ASDs has decreased, many children still do not receive a definitive diagnosis of autism until aged 3½ or older. The AAP recommends screening for autism with an autism specific tool at the age of 18- and 24-months, at the well-child visit.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians, standardized screening questionnaires are much more reliable than provider exam in identifying children with autism. Autism screening using a standardized, validated questionnaire is effective in identifying children with autism at an earlier stage than providers would be able to recognize the problem without the screening tool. Colorado Medicaid reimburses medical homes for doing autism screening.

CCHAP, the AAP and Colorado Department of Public Health recommend screening with the MCHAT.  For more information click here

CCHAP Can Help You:

  • Select methods to improve efficiency of providing autism screening
  • Obtain maximum incentive payment for autism screening
  • Help you set up a Quality Improvement process to ensure all children are receiving screening
  • Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) is a state project that trains medical homes to do developmental and autism  For more information and help with implementing developmental screening in your practice, please visit or contact: Eileen Auer Bennett 720-333-1351 or ABCD will also coach your medical home on who to effectively refer children that are identified as needing referral.

Contact us to learn more about CCHAP’s services.