Ages & Stages Questionnaire

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STATS Without Screening With Screening Difference
Developmental Disabilities 14% -54% Identified
Sheldrickh et al, 2011
70% – 80% Identified
Squires et al, 1996
26% – 56%
Mental Health Problems 20% Identified
Lavigne et al, 1993
80% – 90% Identified
Sturner, 1991
60% – 70%

Courtesy of START, Provided by ASQ-3 Training Copyright © 2014 by Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Why it’s Important:

Early learning lays the foundation for all other learning that takes place during life. In these early years, particularly from birth to three, the brain is developing pathways that allow for information to travel and be stored. It is important to measure how this is developing, so if there are any challenges, they can be addressed. Identifying challenges and creating care plans to address these, significantly increases a child’s ability to continue on a more typical path of development. The earlier a delay is identified, the better the outcome for the child.

Data also shows that the number of children identified as having a delay increases with age. This is because by the time a delay is identified in the later years, the delay is significantly impacting a child’s life; but this could have been prevented had the child been identified earlier and received appropriate care.

The purpose of the ASQ-3™ is to reveal strengths as well as areas that may benefit from extra practice or extra support. Evidence is clear, that developmental screening can assist us in getting the child help needed for appropriate care, and earlier detection can lead to more successful outcomes for children.

Check your child’s early development today!
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