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Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQs) help you and our staff  understand how your child is developing, they are just one of the tools we may use during our contact with you - but of course most important of all is what you tell us about your child.

The ASQs are not a measure of how well your child is or isn't doing, as we know all children develop differently. They are something that we use together to talk about the things your child does easily, to think about any concerns you might have and how we can support you and your child with those. They are split into 5 different areas;

Communication: Your child’s language skills, both what your child understands and what he or she can say - this can be sounds, babbling or talking.

Gross Motor: How your child uses their arms and legs for sitting, crawling, walking, running, and other activities.

Fine Motor: How your child uses their hands and fingers - for example scribbling or picking up food.

Problem Solving: How your child plays with toys and solves problems.

Personal-Social: Your child’s self-help skills and how they play and interact with others.

The ASQ that is used is based on the age of your child, but we may decide together that this is not right for your child and decide to use a different age or an alternative assessment tool - this is nothing to worry about - we are just making sure we use the right tool for your child.

Who Can Help?

If you received a letter or text message asking you to look at an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), these are currently unavailable. 

To discuss your child's development, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

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