Social and emotional development in early childhood: more important than ever.
Children’s ability to regulate their emotions and skillfully manage social interactions is critical to their healthy development and future success. If social-emotional problems are identified and addressed early, children are less likely to be placed in special education programs—and later in life, they’re also less likely to experience school failure, unemployment, and incarceration.
Preventing social-emotional challenges in the critical early years is a matter of national concern. The first step is timely, accurate, and cost-effective screening—with a screener like Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2™)—that pinpoints problem areas in social or emotional development in early childhood. The earlier a social-emotional problem is recognized and addressed, the better the child’s chance of success.