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Lenti fuq l-Iżvilupp ta` Wliedna is a national early screening programme for Autism Spectrum Disorder. This programme is a simple means to help identify possible developmental delays, learning difficulties, and/or educational needs related to autism spectrum so that your child can be supported before starting kindergarten.
The process starts at the age of eighteen (18) months through M-CHAT, a short questionnaire which is carried out with the parents or guardians and which helps provide an indication of any risks relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The first interview for autism is carried out by a health care professional from the Speech Language Department, or as part of the last Well Baby Clinic (WBC) visit, with clinics spread around Malta and Gozo. As parents or guardians you will be asked to answer twenty (20) questions concerning your child. Each question requires a Yes or No answer.
If your child is 18 months old and you have not participated in this screening programme, you may do so by first calling Speech Language Department on 79318423 to schedule a screening appointment from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (Monday to Friday) or send an email on  If you do not have a Consent Form, you will then need to print and fill in the Consent Form below and to take it with you to the screening appointment.
The M-CHAT questionnaire does not provide conclusive evidence of developmental delay, learning difficulties, and/or educational needs in the child and will not result in an immediate diagnosis. It may however help identify possible difficulties which could lead to an early diagnosis through further in-depth assessments by a specialised team.
Participation in this national autism screening programme is voluntary and free-of-charge. Should you not be able to accompany your child, an authorised adult can do so with your written permission in the space provided on the consent form.
Persons accompanying the child (parents, guardians or authorised adults) are to have their identity card, passport, or driving licence available for identification purposes.
You may choose to attend any one of the clinics on the list below.
Speech Language Clinics
Birżebbuġa District Clinic
Mosta Health Centre
B’Kara Health Centre
Paola Health Centre
Cospicua Health Centre
Qormi Health Centre
Floriana Health Centre
Rabat Health Centre
Għaxaq District Clinic
Speech Language Department, Luqa
Gozo General Hospital
Żebbuġ District Clinic
Gżira Health Centre
Żejtun District Clinic
Mellieħa District Clinic
Żurrieq District Clinic


For further information please call the Lenti team on 25983447/8 or send an email on