Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

A short guide how to complete your Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a way of checking (screening) your child’s development. The age-appropriate questionnaires are filled out by a parent.

The ASQ provides a helpful look at how your child is doing in important areas like communication, social skills, motor skills, and problem-solving skills.

Screening can identify your child’s strengths as well as any areas where your child may need support.

It also helps you to understand your child’s development. 

You can make completing the questionnaire a game that is fun for you and your child. Try each activity with your child before marking a response. However, it is important to make sure your child is not tired or hungry when doing this.

Most of the questions are multiple choice. Simply tick the answer you feel is most appropriate for your child.

What does 'Communication' mean?

Communication means any form of message sent from your child through sounds, physical movements, body language, facial expressions and words. Communication is also what your child understands when you talk or gesture to them.

What does 'Gross Motor' mean?

Gross motor skills are larger movements your child makes with their arms, legs, feet or entire body. For example crawling, walking, running and jumping are gross motor skills.

What does 'Fine Motor' mean?

Fine motor skills involve movement of the smaller muscle groups in your child's hands, fingers, and wrists.

What does 'Problem Solving' mean?

Problem solving is a skill set used by your child that incorporates their ability to think and gain understanding about their world. This can include remembering and decision-making.

What does 'Personal-Social' mean?

Personal-Social relates to your child’s self-help skills such as lifting a foot when you put their socks or shoes on. It is also about interactions with other people including playing. For example, does your child roll or throw a ball back to you so that you can return it to them?