Screening Tool for Autism in Two-Year-Olds (STAT)
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The STAT is an interactive, play-based screening instrument for autism that contains 12 items tapping the core deficit areas of socialization and communication. Items are organized into four domains: play (two items), requesting (two items), directing attention (four items), and motor imitation (four items). The items selected for inclusion are those that were found to discriminate between 2-year-old children with autism and developmentally matched comparison samples (Stone et al. 2000). Although the STAT was designed for use with children between the ages of 24 months and 36 months, preliminary evidence for its utility with children as young as 14 months has been obtained (Stone et al. 2008), and ongoing research is being conducted to evaluate its use with 3-year-old children.
The STAT was designed for use by a broad range of community service providers working with young children, such as early intervention providers,...
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