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Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

  • 1.  Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hello!
    I would like to start using a developmental screening next year (ASQ-3) and am trying to figure out how to best do it.
    Have any of you recently done this? If so,
    1. How did you do the training?
    2. Did teachers do the screening, or did you send it home to parents?
    3. How much time did it take?

    We have some children who are here 3 hours, and others who are here 5 hours. Some only come two days a week, while some come all 5 days.
    It seems like a good idea to do this, but I am not sure how.

    Thank you for your help. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed!

    Nina Burrows
    FUMC Preschool
    Fort Worth, TX

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    Nina Burrows
    Preschool Director
    FUMC Preschool
    Fort Worth TX
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  • 2.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hi! We have the parents come in and spend time with us in the classroom and we complete it together. Almost like a play date parent conference.

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    Rose Chavers
    Owner/Head Teacher
    Reach for the Stars Early Learning and Preschool
    The Dalles OR
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  • 3.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 12 days ago
    I work at a preschool where we use the ASQ. I have never had a training but they are pretty easy to do and it only takes about 15 minutes to do it. I evaluate the children and then give it to the parents at parent/teacher conference. I have some children that only come 3 days a week or half day and I have no trouble evaluating them. I hope this is helpful!

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    Martha Martin
    Arizona PBS
    Tucson AZ
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  • 4.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 11 days ago
    We use the asq 3.  I am a teacher and the parents fill it out and bring it to the screening.  The teachers score it and observe children play based in the classroom and I.

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    Emily Carpenter
    Arlington Hts IL
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  • 5.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 11 days ago
    ​Our program has used various screening tools over the years. For many years we did the Ireton for learning and the DECA for mental health. Some years ago, we switched to the ASQ due to the fact that it is the same screening tool our local area education association uses.  We use the ASQ-SE for the mental health portion of our screenings.
    I like the ASQ as it helps us to know what areas a child needs extra practice with. It helps guide some of our small group activities. We do the 1st ASQ with parent input so we know where the parents have concerns about their child's development. Sometimes it helps us to explain to parents what each area of development looks like and what we are trying to do with their child in the classroom. I feel the ASQ is a very reliable tool to use for academic development and for social-emotional development.

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    Sue Miller
    team leader
    Child Development Center
    Hawarden IA
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  • 6.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 11 days ago

    You can contact the publisher of the ASQ, Brookes Publishing Company, for the schedule of trainings in your area.  The trainings will provide answers to your questions about who should fill it out.  Ultimately the ASQ should be finished off by someone trained in the administration but commonly information can be gathered by teachers, parents, other caregivers, etc.

     

    Bruce Sheppard, EdD

    EI/ECSE Specialist

    Oregon Department of Education

     

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  • 7.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 10 days ago
    Our play-based preschool uses the paper format of ASQ-3. Like your school, we also have short days-our preschool program is a 4-hour day with optional Early Bird and Extended Day programs for families who need more care than the 4-hour day provides. We serve children ages 2 through 5. Some kiddos attend school 2 days a week, some 3 days, some 4 days and some 5 days. In mid-september we give ASQ-3 to parents to complete with their child at home. We give them a "due date" by which to return the paperwork. Not all families decide to participate in ASQ-3. In those cases teachers may complete the screening in class. 

    In addition to ASQ-3 we use an Early Learning Assessment from the State of Maryland. Here's a link.

    I'm super curious as to how other organizations juggle various developmental screenings, especially screenings that are done by the teachers during the school day. 
    Do you bring in an extra staff member so teachers can work one-on-one with the child? 
    Do you have a dedicated staff member who conducts screenings in a consistent manner across all age groups?
    Is the data shared with parents?
    If so, how?

    Looking forward to learning about educational assessments from this community.

    best,
    beth clawson






  • 8.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 8 days ago
    In the past I have used the ESI-R and ESI-K as the developmental screen in schools, and this year I am at a preschool that uses the ASQ-3 and the ASQ-SE.  I do recommend people do some training to use these tools for several reasons.

    First, not all staff (or parents!) have the child development background, degree etc to "read between the lines" of what the questions and activities are looking for -- and what they are NOT looking at.  Many people without training (or an ECE degree, which would include at least one course in Assessment Tools and how to correctly administer them) will reword questions, make guesses, ask incorrectly, not prepare the proper setting for the tasks, and sometimes not take it seriously enough.  These all cause inaccurate scorings and data.

    Second, I have heard supervisors quell anxiety about completing these by telling teachers that it isn't important to be accurate. But in fact these screenings (despite being ONLY screenings, not clinical evaluations) are referenced when families or schools refer children for thorough assessments for possible special services.  Teams that begin the evaluation process in public school systems do not require these screening tools (parents can refer their child directly for evaluation and probably would not have these tools unless they were done in school.)  But if these HAVE been done on a child, they are considered data to become part of the child's file, and so the data does need to be as accurate as possible (not perfect and not on a clinician's level -- but an accurate look at what the child displays and presents in their current academic setting.)

    I would suggest when a program first begins these screenings that at least one on-site administrator takes a training on the tools they plan to use; that person can simply do one or more staff meetings to go through the process start to finish, and answer any questions about it.

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    Mars April Caulton
    Teacher & Teaching Artist
    Chicago IL
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  • 9.  RE: Advice on how to start using ASQ-3 in our short-day preschool

    Posted 7 days ago
    ​I do agree that training to use any tool that will become data for a child needs to be done first. Accuracy is vitally important. It makes a difference on getting the needed extra help for some children, otherwise they can "slip through the cracks' so to speak. Our program usually does them with the parents input and then we redo any items that we think are suspect to make sure. This way we have the parental input that our program needs to prove we are providing parent involvement and input.

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    Sue Miller
    team leader
    Child Development Center
    Hawarden IA
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