Development & the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
A vital part of the program at CI is to be able to
provide parents an understanding of typical child
development. Knowledge about the sequence of the development
of skills is an integral part of helping parents understand
the rationale and order in which skills are taught,
practiced, and mastered as part of our curriculum
and/or therapeutic programming. The Ages and Stages
Questionnaire (ASQ-3) 3rd Edition - A Parent-Completed,
Child Monitoring System - is a screening tool used
in schools and pediatrician offices to help monitor
a child's progress and provide valuable information
for educational and/or therapeutic interventions.
The ASQ is a compilation of 19 questionnaires of which
the parent/caregiver completes according to the age
of their child. Each questionnaire contains 30 developmental
items that are divided into five areas: communication,
gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal
social. These questionnaires serve as a screening
and aid in the process of accurately delineating whether
a child's development is delayed and in need of further
The developers of the ASQ have also created an excellent
resource outlining age-appropriate developmental activities
that parents/caregivers can do with their children
at home and in other environments with the goal of
encouraging continued growth across the five key developmental
areas. To learn more about the ASQ system and access
the full suite of activities resources, please visit
or contact CI.
Improved Access for Special Needs Children & Families
In June 2011, ‘House Bill 344 Tax Credits for Children
with Disabilities’ was signed into law in North
Carolina. The new bill allows families with children
with disabilities to claim a tax credit of up to $6,000
for moving their child from a public school to a private
school or home school setting. It is hoped that this
tax incentive will better enable families to access
specialized schools and services for their children.
Read more about House Bill 344 including requirements
or visit http://www.autismsociety-nc.org.
Autism Speaks: Raising Awareness
In October 2011, Cyzner Institute staff and families
participated in the Carolina’s ‘Walk Now for Autism
Speaks’ event held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
in Concord, NC. It was a beautiful autumn day with
a great turnout to support a very worthwhile cause.
Through this event, Autism Speaks raised $450,000
to help continue to fund research, promote awareness
and understanding, and support advocacy and legislative
efforts for autism. Autism Speaks is the nation’s
largest autism research and advocacy organization.
The organization provides a wealth of information
and resources for families living with autism.
Read more about Autism Speaks: http://www.autismspeaks.org
ECAC Provides Charlotte-Area
Resources for Families
The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)
of North Carolina is a private non-profit organization
committed to serving special needs children and their
families. The Center works with parents, students,
educators, and other professionals to improve the
education and lives of children with special developmental,
behavioral, learning, and/or medical health needs.
The Davidson, NC office provides parent-training,
referrals, resources, and support to families in the
Read more about ECAC: http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org