Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional

This is a general screen for the social/emotional status of children 6–60 months of age, although it can be used for children as young as four months. It covers such items as self-regulation, communication, adaptive functioning, and interaction with people.

There are eight color-coded questionnaires for use at 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 months, eight corresponding scoring sheets, and a User's Guide, which includes instructions on implementing the ASQ:SE, tips on cultural sensitivity, and developmentally appropriate activities for parents.

There are 22 to 36 items in a questionnaire, depending on the child's age. It takes parents 10–15 minutes to complete and 1–3 minutes for staff to score. There is also a child-care provider form to look at behavior in that setting. The content is written at the fifth-to-sixth-grade reading level, and is appropriate for respondents from diverse backgrounds.

Overview of scoring. The response categories are: "Most of the time", "Sometimes", and "Rarely or never". For some items, a "Most of the time" response will be reassuring and for some items it will be a concern. The threshold for identifying at-risk children varies by age. Please consult the manual for scoring instructions.


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