A child’s physical growth is measured by looking at their height and weight, but growth also involves developmental skills. Children grow and learn throughout their lives, and it’s important that parents know how their child is developing. No two children progress exactly alike, but there are stages known as milestones that can help guide you through looking at your child’s development. If there are questions or concerns along the way you can take the necessary steps to help them reach their full potential by completing a developmental screening questionnaire. One of the screening tools commonly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics is the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3).
Using your expert knowledge about your child, the ASQ-3 is a parent- or caregiver-completed questionnaire that helps make sure your child’s growth and development is progressing on track. The screening looks at your child’s unique development and provides information about general developmental milestones and information specific to your child.
The ASQ-3 looks at five areas of development: