Screening Tools

The Hays area early childhood community has adopted the use of the “Ages and Stages Questionnaire:  Social-Emotion” or “ASQ-SE” to identify social-emotional needs of children.

ASQ:SE at a Glance:

  • Age range covered: 3–60 months
  • General areas screened: Personal-social (self-regulation, compliance, communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people)
  • Components: 8 color-coded questionnaires for use at 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 months, eight corresponding scoring sheets, User’s Guide
  • Who completes it: Parents/caregivers complete questionnaires; professionals score them
  • Approximate time: Each questionnaire takes 10–15 minutes to complete and just 1-3 minutes to score
  • Validity and reliability: Investigated with over 3,000 children across the age intervals and their families. Reliability is 94%; validity is between 75% and 89%
  • User’s Guide includes: Instructions on setting up and running ASQ:SE, validity data, tips on cultural sensitivity, case studies, and activities
  • Languages: Questionnaires in English and Spanish

Families already associated with Early Childhood Connections (formerly Head Start, Early Head Start and Parents As Teachers) and the Hays Area Children’s Center can request this screening be done with their child.  Other families can contact USD 489 Early Childhood Consultant, Kris Schulte at (785) 623-2630 to schedule a screening.

A special thank you to the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund for their support of Early Childhood Mental Health.

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