Do An ASQ At Home

Did you know you can get a free online ASQ and use it to follow your child’s developmental progress?
Parents can use an ASQ to check their child’s natural developmental and, if you do enough of them, you can make your own modern baby book! So, are you asking, “What’s an ASQ?”

Young child catches large red ball with both handsShaylene Herndon, a Bright Futures Family Advocate from Tri County Community Network (Burney, CA), is quick to explain the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, how to use it, and what an important tool it can be for parents.

Q: What is an ASQ?
A: ASQ is the nickname for the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. It’s a great tool for parents to use at home to check their child’s development, including their social-emotional development. There are ASQs that cover newborn through age 5. Just download an ASQ questionnaire and follow the questions and play activities. Questionnaires start at newborn and end at age five and you can do one as frequently as every four months.

Q: How often can parents do an ASQ?
A: Questionnaires start at newborn (4 months) and end at age five and you can do one as frequently as every four months.

Q: How do parents do the ASQ?
A: The nice thing about the ASQs is you can do them right in the comfort of your own home. You can choose a time that works best for you and your child. You don’t need any special equipment because it’s all based on play activities and watching how your child’s skills are progressing. If parents have any concerns, the ASQ can help validate them and serve as an indicator that it’s time to get help for your child.

Shaylene Herndon on Moms Everyday (Action News 12/24 Chico-Redding)

Q: What does an ASQ measure?
A: The ASQ measures different things like communication, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, and problem solving at different ages and stages. Some examples are:

  • 12 months: Does your child shake his/her head yes or no?
  • 24 months: Does your child correctly use at least two words like me, I, mine, and you?
  • 36 months: Does your child turn the pages in a book one page at a time?
  • 60 months: Does your child catch a large ball with both hands?

The ASQ shows parents where their child is at developmentally and what they can look forward to in the coming months. It can help confirm your child is developmentally on track or it can help to identify concerns as serious as autism or speech and language delays.

Q: What do you recommend parents do if they have a concern about their child’s development?
A: Doing the ASQ can help dispel the concern or validate it. It helps parents have confidence in reaching out to their physician and using the ASQ results to review their concerns with the physician and, if needed, get referrals to special services. When you get help early, there’s more likelihood of improving outcomes for your child.


About Deborah Peel

Writer, blogger, marketer, mother, lover of big trees and isolated mountain tops. I’m passionate about the pathway to success that First 5 Shasta is building for young children. Our grantees, partners, and caring community members all contribute to this critical early childhood investment. Together, we make the pathway strong!

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