The STAT is an empirically based, interactive measure developed to screen for autism in children between 24 and 36 months of age. It is designed for use by community service providers who work with young children in assessment or intervention settings and who have experience with autism. The STAT consists of 12 items and takes about 20 minutes to administer. Activities assess key social and communicative behaviors including imitation, play, requesting, and directing attention.
Training on the STAT can be accomplished in three ways, depending on your professional needs and background.
A small group setting for learning and practicing STAT administration and scoring.
For those who prefer to learn the STAT at their own pace.
For physicians in pediatric practices seeking a more comprehensive approach to early identification that combines the STAT with other techniques.