The STAT™ was developed with several considerations in mind. First, it was designed as a Level 2 screener for use in referral settings, to identify children who are at risk for autism within samples of children for whom there are developmental concerns. The items included on the STAT™ were selected because they were the most effective in differentiating two-year old children with autism from those with other disorders.
Second, the STAT™ is an interactive screening tool designed to be as playful and as fun as possible, both for the child and the examiner. Because it is an interactive measure tapping core autism deficits, observations of children’s behavior during the screening can be used to develop individualized treatment goals and activities.
Third, the STAT™ was designed for use by a wide range of community professionals –not only to increase the rates of early detection, but also to enhance community awareness of the early signs of autism.