Early identification of social-emotional challenges can make all the difference to a young child. The proof is undeniable: the earlier a behavioral concern is identified, the greater the chance a child has for reaching his or her full potential in life.

Social-Emotional Screening

The first 5 years of your child’s life are very important. Your child’s healthy social-emotional development forms a foundation for lifelong learning. ASQ:SE-2 is a set of questionnaires about behavior and social-emotional development in young children. There are nine questionnaires for different ages to screen children from 1 month to 6 years old.

ASQ:SE has been used by parents for more than 15 years. It makes sure that children’s social-emotional development is on schedule. It helps you celebrate milestones while addressing any concerns as early as possible. ASQ:SE-2 can help identify your child’s social-emotional strengths and areas where your child may need support.

 

Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2™)

 

Welcome to our social-emotional screening and monitoring program! The first 5 years of your child’s life are very important. Social-emotional development within the first few years of life prepares your child to be confident, trusting, curious, and able to develop positive relationships with others. Your child’s positive social-emotional development forms a foundation for learning throughout life. As part of this service, we provide the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2™), to help you keep track of your child’s social-emotional development.

ASQ:SE-2 asks questions about your child’s behaviors and social-emotional growth. If the questionnaire shows that your child is developing without concerns, we will share some activities that you can do at home to encourage your child’s social-emotional development. Then, we will give you a questionnaire every 6 months until your child is 3 years old, and then again at 4 and 5 years old. If completing this questionnaire brings up any questions or concerns, we can talk about information and resources that can help.

 

Social and emotional development in early childhood: more important than ever.

Children’s ability to regulate their emotions and skillfully manage social interactions is critical to their healthy development and future success. If social-emotional problems are identified and addressed early, children are less likely to be placed in special education programs—and later in life, they’re also less likely to experience school failure, unemployment, and incarceration. The earlier a social-emotional problem is recognized and addressed, the better the child’s chance of success.

What is Social-Emotional Screening?

Social-emotional screening is an applied method for detecting and monitoring signals that indicate whether a young child may be delayed in aspects of social-emotional development, such as communication, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people.

The process of screening is not intended to serve as a diagnosis for a child—but rather to carefully and accurately inform meaningful next steps, such as more in-depth social-emotional assessment, further monitoring, or other. Typically, in many cases, the act of screening rules out the need for deeper assessment.

This is where quality counts. Using a valid, reliable screening system like ASQ:SE-2, professionals can screen children for social-emotional concerns accurately and cost-effectively.

How Do Screening Tools Work?

Screening tools usually take the form of a series of questions or checklists used to track children’s development relative to milestones achieved by a larger group of children of the same age. A home-grown checklist won’t accurately evaluate this development. Effective screening tools need to be carefully and systematically validated by research.

With ASQ:SE-2, parents or other caregivers answer a series of simple questions regarding their child’s social-emotional development (e.g., “Is your baby able to calm himself down (for example, by sucking on his hand or pacifier?)”; “Does your child like to be picked up and held?”). Children whose social-emotional development appears to fall significantly below that of their peers are flagged for further attention.

ASQSE2_Parent_Activities.pdf

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The first 5 years of your child’s life are very important. Your child’s healthy social-emotional development forms a foundation for lifelong learning. ASQ:SE-2 is a set of questionnaires about behavior and social-emotional development in young children. There are nine questionnaires for different ages to screen children from 1 month to 6 years old.

 

ASQ:SE has been used by parents for more than 15 years. It makes sure that children’s social-emotional development is on schedule. It helps you celebrate milestones while addressing any concerns as early as possible. ASQ:SE-2 can help identify your child’s social-emotional strengths and areas where your child may need support.

What is it?

Parent-completed questionnaires that reliably identify young children at risk for social or emotional difficulties.

Which social-emotional areas does it screen?

Self-regulation, compliance, communication, adaptive behaviors, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people.

What age range does it cover?

1–72 months.

How many questionnaires are there?

9 age-appropriate questionnaires for use at 2, 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 months of age.

How many items are there?

About 30 items per questionnaire.

How long does it take?

Each questionnaire takes 10–15 minutes for parents to complete and just 2–3 minutes for professionals to score.

Is it valid and reliable?

Yes. ASQ:SE-2 has been investigated with 14,074 diverse children across the age intervals and their families. Test-retest reliability is 89%; internal consistency is 84%; and validity is 83%.

ASQ:SE-2 24-month questionnaire

Sample completed ASQ:SE-2 24-month questionnaire

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