Social-emotional health: look to ASQ:SE-2 for truly accurate screening.

Early identification of social-emotional challenges can make all the difference to a young child. The proof is undeniable: the earlier a behavioral concern is identified, the greater the chance a child has for reaching his or her full potential in life. This is the driving force behind Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2™)—a parent-completed, highly reliable system focused solely on social and emotional development in young children. Accurately identifying behavior through ASQ:SE-2 paves the way for next steps—further assessment, specialized intervention or ongoing monitoring, for examples—to help children reach their fullest potential during their most formative early years.

Product Overview

ASQ:SE-2: The big picture.

With the typical ups and downs of young children’s emotions and behavior, delays or problems can be easily missed. And today, as more children are increasingly exposed to risk factors such as poverty or toxic stress, the likelihood of depression, anxiety, and anti-social behavior increases. There is tremendous opportunity during the first few years of a child’s life to identify and address potential social-emotional concerns. This is at the heart of ASQ:SE-2. It is modeled after the acclaimed ASQ-3™ and is tailored to identify and exclusively screen social and emotional behaviors. ASQ:SE-2 is an easy-to-use tool with all the advantages of ASQ-3—it’s cost-effective, parent-completed, photocopiable, and culturally sensitive. With questionnaire results, professionals can quickly recognize young children at risk for social or emotional difficulties, identify behaviors of concern to caregivers, and identify any need for further assessment.

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Can ASQ:SE-2 Be Used as a Developmental Screener?

ASQ:SE-2 focuses on social and emotional behavior. To be sure that you are taking a comprehensive look at a young child’s development, use ASQ:SE-2 in conjunction with ASQ-3 or another developmental screening measure that provides information on a child’s general functioning in communication, motor, and cognitive areas.

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Product Details

ASQ:SE-2: How to get started.

Hit the ground running with the ASQ:SE-2 Starter Kit. Program can set up efficiently with an easy-to-understand User’s Guide, photocopiable questionnaires, and Quick Start Guide. Depending on your program’s needs, you may also wish to purchase individual components such as additional User’s Guides or Quick Start Guides.


Getting started with ASQ:SE-2™ is easy with the ASQ:SE-2™ Starter Kit, which contains:

  • 9 paper masters of the questionnaires and scoring sheets
  • CD-ROM with printable PDF questionnaires
  • the essential ASQ:SE-2™ User’s Guide (in English only)
  • FREE laminated ASQ:SE-2™ Quick Start Guide that keeps scoring and administration basic close at hand

That’s all you need to begin. And as ASQ:SE-2 is photocopiable—you never need to re-order the questionnaires. ASQ:SE-2 English Starter Kit $275.00 • Stock Number: 79611 • 2015 • ISBN 978-1-59857-961-1 ASQ:SE-2 Spanish Starter Kit $275.00 • Stock Number: 79628 • 2015 • ISBN 978-1-59857-962-8 


ASQ:SE-2 User’s Guide

This essential guide shows you how to work with parents to complete the questionnaires, how to score them, and how to interpret with sensitivity to children’s environmental, cultural, and developmental differences.

ASQ:SE-2 User’s Guide (in English only)

$50.00 • Stock Number: 79581 • 2015 • ISBN 978-1-59857-958-1

ASQ:SE-2 Questionnaires

Masters of the 9 photocopiable questionnaires and scoring sheets plus a CD-ROM with printable PDFs, in a handy box.

ASQ:SE-2 English Questionnaires

$225.00 • Stock Number: 79567 • 2015 • ISBN 978-1-59857-956-7

ASQ:SE-2 Spanish Questionnaires

$225.00 • Stock Number: 79574 • 2015 • ISBN 978-1-59857-957-4

ASQ:SE-2 Quick Start Guide

This lightweight laminated 4-page guide keeps administration and scoring basics close at hand. Sold in sets of 5.

ASQ:SE-2 English Quick Start Guide

$24.95 • Stock Number: 79598 • 2015 • package of 5 • ISBN 978-1-59857-959-8

ASQ:SE-2 Spanish Quick Start Guide

$24.95 • Stock Number: 79604 • 2015 • package of 5 • ISBN 978-1-59857-960-4


Watch a home visitor using ASQ:SE with the family of a 4-year-old boy.

ASQ:SE in Practice DVD

$49.95 • Stock Number: 69735 • 2004 • 26 minutes • ISBN 978-1-55766-973-5

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What's New

What’s new in ASQ:SE-2?

The ASQ:SE-2 makes it easier than ever to pinpoint behaviors of concern and identify any need for further assessment. The second edition has these new features:

  • 2 month questionnaire to screen infants as young as 1 month
  • Expanded age range so you can screen children from 1–72 months
  • New data and cutoffs based on updated research on more than 14,000 diverse children
  • Monitoring zone that clearly identifies children close to the cutoff
  • Quick Start Guide to help users implement ASQ:SE-2 accurately and effectively
  • New behavior and communication items designed to elicit parent concerns that may point to autism and early communication issues
  • Refined Spanish translation that was reviewed by a panel of Spanish-speaking experts in in the early childhood and communication fields.
  • Sturdy, convenient box with handle for easy portability and updated questionnaire design to parallel ASQ-3.
  • New family engagement materials including the What is ASQ:SE-2? handout for parents, Parent Conference sheet, and updated activities to promote family involvement.


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At a Glance

What is the age range?

1–72 months

What are the intervals?

9 questionnaires and scoring sheets at 2, 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 months of age

What are the areas screened?

self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people

What is a sample item?

From the 24 month questionnaire: Does your child let you know how she is feeling with words or gestures? For example, does she let you know when she is hungry, hurt, or tired? See a sample questionnaire.

What are the components?

The ASQ:SE-2 Starter Kit contains everything you need to start screening children with ASQ:SE-2: 9 paper masters of the questionnaires and score sheets, a CD-ROM with printable PDFs, the ASQ:SE-2 User’s Guide, and a FREE ASQ:SE-2 Quick Start Guide.

Who completes ASQ:SE-2?

Parents/caregivers complete the questionnaires; professionals, paraprofessionals, or clerical staff score them.

How long does it take?

A questionnaire takes 10–15 minutes to complete and 1–3 minutes to score.

What is the validity and reliability?

Validity is 84%. Test-retest reliability is 89%.

What languages are available?

ASQ:SE-2 questionnaires are available in English and Spanish.

Are online options available?

Online management is available with ASQ Pro for single sites and ASQ Enterprise for multi-site programs. Online questionnaire completion is available with ASQ Family Access. Online options require the purchase of print ASQ:SE-2 questionnaires.

What are additional features of ASQ:SE-2?

Cost-effective, reproducible, can be used alone or with ASQ-3

Have a question about ASQ:SE-2? Ask ASQ co-developer Jane Squires!

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Technical Info

ASQ:SE-2: A technical snapshot.

Validity, reliability, and utility studies were conducted on ASQ:SE-2 between 2009 and 2011 to accurately determine the psychometric properties of the screening instrument. Normative studies included 14,074 children, ages 1 month up to 72 months. The results support the ability of ASQ:SE-2 to discriminate between children with social-emotional delays and those who appear to be developing typically in social-emotional areas.

  • Internal consistency, measured by Cronbach’s coefficient alpha, ranged from 71%–91%, indicating strong relationships between questionnaire total scores and individual items.
  • Test-retest reliability, measured as the agreement between two ASQ:SE questionnaires completed by parents at 1- to 3-week intervals, was 89%. These results suggest that ASQ:SE scores were stable across time intervals.
  • Concurrent validity, as reported in percentage agreement between ASQ:SE and concurrent measures, ranged from 71% to 90%, with an overall agreement of 84%.
  • Sensitivity, or the ability of the screening tool to identify those children with social-emotional disabilities, 78% at 2 months to 84% at 24 months, with 81% overall sensitivity.
  • Specificity, or the ability of the screening tool to correctly identify those children without social-emotional delays, ranged from 76% at 18 months to 98% at 60 months with 83% overall specificity.


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Research & Studies

Extensive & ongoing research

ASQ:SE-2 has been studied extensively. Psychometric studies based on normative samples of more than 16,000 questionnaires show high reliability, internal consistency, sensitivity, and specificity.

ASQ:SE-2 Studies*

Studies consistently support ASQ:SE’s accuracy and ease of use, and ASQ:SE has been used successfully in many early intervention and mental health programs. Below is a sampling of articles supporting ASQ:SE as an accurate, cost-effective, and parent-friendly instrument for screening and monitoring of social-emotional competence in young children. Feel free to view a more comprehensive list here.

*Studies are on prior editions.

Ongoing Research

We look to our users to inform ASQ:SE-2’s future iterations—the educators, families, and professionals using our tools on a daily basis. To date, thousands of families and professionals have provided valuable feedback to the tool’s developers at the Early Intervention Program at the University of Oregon. As programs make the transition to ASQ:SE-2, our developers are happy to receive blind data to help further their research and the development of future editions. If your program has collected data on ASQ:SE-2 and would like to share it, email Please include your data and complete contact information, which will be shared only with the authors and not used by Brookes Publishing or any other party.

See the full list of research articles on ASQ:SE.


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    What ASQ Users are Saying

    “I like the ASQ:SE, which is an easy non-threatening tool to use to assess important social-emotional developmental milestones of the baby…. This tool lends itself well to developing educational activities to foster a healthy parenting relationship.”

    Cynthia Suire, MSN, RN, Nurse–Family Partnership Program Louisiana Office of Public Health