In order to improve our community’s capacity to identify children 0-6 with special needs, IPAC works to enable preschools and primary care offices to adopt uniform procedures for standardized developmental screenings. Trainings are offered to early childcare programs and front line providers in primary care offices in the administration and interpretation of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3) and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE) developmental screening tools.
The ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE are used to assess a child's progress in:
- Gross motor
- Fine motor
- Problem solving
- Screening tools provide an "early alert" that lets providers know a more in-depth evaluation may be needed.
- Studies show that delays and difficulties are found more often with routine monitoring and screening.
- Early screening helps get children the services they need at the earliest opportunity.
What if my child's screening indicates there might be a developmental concern?
Many providers and community agencies are working together to promote early childhood screening and intervention, including:
- Help Me Grow (age 0-3)
- Hearing, Speech, and Language Clinic at Ohio University
- Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
- Public and private preschools
- Interdisciplinary Assessment Team
- University Medical Associates - Pediatrics
- Family Healthcare, Inc.
Talk to your child's health care provider or child care provider about a referral for further evaluation. Or if you need help knowing what to do next, please call Sue Meeks, RN, C, Family Navigator Program at 593-9534.