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Developmental Screening

Information for Providers

What is developmental screening?  Developmental screening is a short test to tell if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should, or if there are delays.

Who can do a developmental screening on a child? Professionals in early learning programs like child care, preschool, or home visiting; health care; community organizations; or school settings can provide a developmental screening. 

Where can I get trained in using a developmental screening tool?  Local CCR&R agencies have Professional Development Specialists trained in using and training others to use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional.  Contact your local CCR&R to learn more about becoming trained and using the ASQ in your program.

Additional ASQ trainers in Montana

What is the ASQ-3™?  The Ages and Stages Questionnaire, 3rd Edition.  It is a developmental screening for children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years.  It is designed for use by early educators and health care professionals. It relies on parents as experts, is easy-to-use, family-friendly and creates the snapshot needed to catch delays and celebrate milestones.

What is the ASQ:SE?  The Ages and Stages Questionnaire:  Social Emotional, 2nd Edition is social emotional development screening tool for children between the ages of one month and 6 years.  It is designed for use by early educators and health professionals.  It relies on parents as experts and is and culturally sensitive. Results can help professionals quickly recognize young children at risk for social or emotional difficulties, identify behaviors of concern to caregivers, and identify any need for further assessment.

How often should I complete a screening on a child in my care?  It depends on your program’s policies and procedures and the type of screening being used.  For the ASQ-3, a general schedule of completion is to be completed at least 1 time per year or every 6 months.  The ASQ:SE-2 should be completed every 6 months and the results of both screenings should always be reviewed in partnership with the parents.  

Who completes a developmental screener on a child in my care?  It depends on your program’s policies and procedures and the type of screening being used.  For the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2, parents/caregivers complete the questionnaires and trained professionals/caregivers score them. 

For more information on developmental screening go to Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

BIRTH TO 5: WATCH ME THRIVE! An Early Care and Education Provider’s Guide for Developmental and Behavioral Screening

Information for Parents

What is developmental screening? Developmental screening is a short test to tell if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should, or if there are delays. Ages and Stages Questionnaire -3 (ASQ-3™) and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE)are examples of developmental screening tools used by many professionals in Montana.

How often should developmental screening be done on my child? It is recommended that a developmental screening be completed at least at 9 months, 18 months, and 24 and/or 30 months old by your doctor or pediatrician, however, it can be done more frequently by your doctor or another trained professional.

See the Bright Futures Schedule for more complete information on a screening schedule.

Who can do a developmental screening on a child? Professionals in early learning programs like child care, preschool, or home visiting; health care; community organizations; or school settings can provide a developmental screening. 

Where can I find help getting a developmental screening for my child? Montana Milestones can help if you are concerned about your child’s development. 

Home Visitors can also help you with any concerns you have about your child’s development. 

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