Rapid Interactive screening Test for Autism in Toddlers Online Training

Rapid Interactive screening Test for Autism in Toddlers (RITA-T)

Attention to anyone interested in the online training program being developed for the RITA-T: If you have filled out the inquiry form we will contact you as soon as we have an official launch date for the program. At this point we are very close, and are now only waiting on logistical approval. We appreciate your interest and are working hard to make this training available as soon as possible!

About the Test

The RITA-T (Rapid Interactive screening Test for Autism in Toddlers) is an interactive autism screening test for children younger than 3 years of age and allows a better identification of toddlers at a very high risk for autism spectrum disorders, which will then expedite their referral for diagnostic evaluation and start of treatment.

The training program includes a 45-minute educational power point on the early signs of ASD and the concept of a level 1 and level 2 screener as well as psychometrics of current tests available for this age group. The RITA-T can be reliably and easily learned and administered, allowing it to fit in a diverse range of environments, across many professional disciplines. The RITA-T administration and scoring can be completed within 10 minutes.


The RITA-T developmental constructs are reviewed and what they evaluate along with their scoring. The RITA-T items are then reviewed along with their administration and scoring. The training program then includes training videos and scoring and practice videos. The training videos include a narrative feedback for each score. After training on the sample videos and completing the practice videos independently, and completing a post-test, a certificate of completion is awarded. 

The course consists of 9 interactive activities designed to evaluate five developmental constructs known to represent early signs of ASD in toddlers 18-36 months:

  • Joint attention (JA) (shared focus by two or more people on the same object or person)
  • Social awareness (SA) (ability to notice and respond to what is happening around you)
  • Awareness of human agency (HA) (seen as precursor to theory of mind, i.e. the hand belongs to a person)
  • Self-recognition (SR) (a well-known social cognition skill that emerges between 18 and 24 months)
  • Fundamental cognitive skill (C) (“naïve physics”, e.g. object permanence, color and shape constancy)


  • Can be administered after a positive Level 1 test to identify those with real ASD risk
  • 5-10 minutes to administer and score
  • This model would allow improved access and two different clinical pathways
  • Toddlers with high risk of ASD would not be delayed for diagnostic confirmation
  • Early Interventionist and Early Childhood educators can then do MCHAT R/F and RITA-T
  • Reliable in 18-36 months olds
  • Easy to train and learn
  • Discriminates well between toddlers with ASD and those with Delays that are non ASD

Dr. Roula Choueiri, MD, on detecting autism spectrum disorders


Dr. Roula Choueiri, MD, on the improved rapid screening test for autism in toddlers 

Next Steps

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