Developmental screening offers parents and providers with information that a child is developing typically for her/his age. Screening helps us to see if a child’s development falls within a range of predictable behavior. Standardized screening tools ask questions to help us determine if a child is developmentally on track. The results of a developmental screening give parents/providers a snap-shot of the child’s development at that time. Because children’s development is dynamic in nature, repeated screening combined with regular observation is needed within the first five years of a child’s life. Additional screening might be needed if a child is at high risk for developmental problems due to prematurity, low birth weight, or other reasons.
Why is Developmental Screening important?
It is important to note that while screening helps us identify children with potential delays, it does NOT provide a diagnosis. Screening lets us know if a child is developing within the range of behavior typical for that age. Screening results will help parents, in partnership with providers, to determine if a child needs diagnostic assessment to identify developmental delays.
What is the ASQ?
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a childhood developmental screening tool that recognizes parents as the experts of their children. The ASQ provides parents with valuable information about their child’s development from the age fo 2 months – 5 1/2 years of age.
Childhood developmental screening has benefits for children, parents, schools, and communities.
How can you get a free ASQ for your child?
- Check with your pediatrician or child care provider to see if they offer the ASQ
- Call 211 in Milwaukee County to find out where to get the ASQ screening
- Visit the Easter Seals Make the First Five Count online ASQ screening webpage
For more resources for professionals as well as for parents, please visit the Resource Toolkit for Early Childhood Professionals or the the Resource Toolkit for Parents/Caregivers pages.
Social-Emotional Developmental Screening helps parents to determine if their child is at risk for social or emotional difficulties. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE) tool was designed for parents to help determine if a child needs an in-depth evaluation or preventive intervention that can assist with their social and/or emotional capabilities.