Introducing ASQ

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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.

What is the ASQ 3rd Edition?

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3rd edition) 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.

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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.

FAQ

 

Frequently asked questions from parents about developmental screening.
What is a developmental screening?
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.
Can a questionnaire really capture my child’s true skills and developmental progress?
Yes! Studies have shown that parent-completed screeners like the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) are very effective at highlighting a child’s progress. Information parents provide about their child is usually highly accurate. Plus, a parent-report tool like the ASQ calls for your unique perspective on how your child behaves and demonstrates skills in a natural setting like your home. That means it can capture the big picture of your child’s development better than a screening that takes place in an unfamiliar setting.
I’m the grandparent/nanny. Can I complete a screening?
Only parents/legal guardians are allowed to complete a screening. But, you can encourage parents to get their child screened by sharing this site.
My child was born prematurely. Can I still screen my child?
Absolutely! Infants can be screened as young as one month adjusted age. You will enter your child’s date of birth and weeks premature and the system will automatically bring up an adjusted age screening.
I completed the screening and hit “submit”. What happens next?
In a few days, a Help Me Grow SC care coordinator will follow-up with you to share the screening results.
Why is it important for my child to be screened?
Screening provides a look at how your child is doing in important areas like communication, social skills, motor skills, and problem-solving skills. Screening can identify your child’s strengths, uncover new milestones to celebrate, and reveal any areas where your child may need support.
How long will it take to screen my child?
It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.
Is there a cost to complete a screening?
There is no cost to complete a screening through Help Me Grow SC.
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 and will not be shared with any third party.
Can I get a copy of the screening results to share with my child’s healthcare provider?
Once you give permission, Help Me Grow SC staff will be glad to send your child’s screening results to the healthcare provider.

The Screening Process

Click on the link below to access Help Me Grow SC’s ASQ portal
Enter some basic info and let’s make sure you get the right age version of the tool to use.
Once you’ve got your screening tool, you’ll be asked for some personal information about you and your child. All is confidential and is used to contact you later to provide your results.
The screening asks you to answer questions around the five key developmental domains. There are no right or wrong answers. Answer to the best of your ability or you can pause to discuss with your spouse/partner.
Once completed, hit “submit” and your child’s screening is on its way to the team at Help Me Grow SC.
Within a few days, a Help Me Grow SC care coordinator will contact you with your child’s screening results. If results indicate a concern, the care coordinator will offer some community resources and help make connections.
You’ll receive recommended activities to help you and your child as you prepare for the next developmental stage.