Shifa Clinic ASQ

What is a Developmental Screening?

A screening is a quick check-up of your child’s development. It provides a look at your child’s current skills and helps you learn more about developmental milestones. In addition to highlighting your child’s strengths, it can identify potential concerns.

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For the most thorough snapshot of your child’s development:

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Estimated time to complete the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2: 10-15 minutes for each questionnaire

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Estimated time to complete the ASQ-3: 10-15 minutes


What is the ASQ-3?

The Ages & Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3), is a developmental screening tool that measures developmental skills in five domains: communication, fine motor, gross motor, problem-solving and personal-social . Unlike other screening tools, the ASQ is strength-based—the emphasis is on what your child can do. It’s the perfect way to keep track of milestones and celebrate them as your child grows. We love the ASQ because it is observation-driven and relies on information from the most important person in your child’s life: you.

What is the ASQ: SE-2?

You can get an even clearer picture of your child’s development by completing the Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ: SE-2) after you have completed the ASQ-3. The ASQ: SE-2 is modeled after the ASQ-3 and is designed to exclusively screen for social and emotional behaviors outside a young child’s typical ups and downs. The questionnaires include items in each of seven key behavioral areas: self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people.

Which Screening Tool is Right For Me?

We recommend that all children be screened using both ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2, but if you only have time to complete one, please complete the ASQ-3 first.  We ask that you complete the ASQ:SE-2 after you have completed the ASQ-3.

Need to know more?

Parents trust it – ASQ-3 is the most relied upon screening tool in the US with more than 1 million screenings completed every year. It is the questionnaire trusted for more than 20 years to check child development.

It’s easy and quick - You’ll only need 10–15 minutes to fill out an ASQ. There are ASQ question­naires for use with children from 1 month to 5½ years old.

It works – Many pediatricians use clinical judgment alone to identify potential developmental problems. But studies have shown that while clinical judgment is undoubtedly valuable, when used alone, it detects fewer than 30% of children who have developmental disabilities. Completing an Ages and Stages questionnaire and discussing it with your child’s healthcare provider are the best ways to identify any early issues.

Why do you ask for personal information?

We request your family’s contact information to be able to follow-up with you about your child’s screening results and to provide connection to community resources, if needed. Your information remains confidential. To view our Privacy Policy and Consent to Use of Data, click here.