Developmental Screening tools support the purpose to make sure that a child is on the right developmental path. The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida uses a developmental screening tool that utilizes the observations of parents called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3). This tool screens development in 5 areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social skills.
If the screening detects a possible delay, your family advocate will recommend a referral for a further testing. These referrals may be to Child Find (Early Steps and FDLRS) or other community resources that can assist with the child’s development. Your family advocate will personally discuss the referral with you and assist you with the referral process if needed.
In addition, a Child Support Plan (CSP) is created for the child’s care provider. The CSP provides the care provider with activities to promote development in the areas where the child scored in the caution or below cutoff area.