Help Me Grow
Get Started with Ages & Stages Questionnaires.
Help Me Grow provides Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQs) to childcare and early education providers to help identify a child’s progress. There are two different versions, the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2, both of which have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The ASQ-3 tracks the ways in which a child thinks, speaks, listens, understands, and moves. These are his or her problem-solving, communications, fine motor, gross motor and personal-social skills. The ASQ:SE-2 tracks social-emotional development, which is how a child expresses feelings, shows emotions, and behaves. Each of these is available in English, Spanish, and select other languages. These screenings are often the first step in getting families connected to all the resources they may need to help their children get the strongest start in life.
Developmental milestones are skills a child learns like taking their first steps, saying their first words, or waving goodbye. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. Observing how and when a child does these kinds of things will provide clues about his or her development. While all children are different, and some will do things faster or slower than others, it’s important that families and early care and learning providers are aware of how children are progressing. When early education providers and families share information and talk about how children are growing, learning, and behaving, everyone is better off.
It can be challenging to find the right way to talk to families about how their child is progressing. All parents have unique ways of caring for and raising their children, and it’s important to be respectful of these differences. Developmental screening can help you approach family conversations in a positive and productive way. Using a developmental screening tool that has been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics is a good start. You can use the results of a developmental screening questionnaire to celebrate children’s successes with their parents, help parents promote their children’s development, and identify when additional resources or strategies may be needed to keep a child growing healthy and strong.
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