How ASQ helped save David’s life

A Bullitt County mother concerned about her 18 month old daughter’s speech development called First Steps, an early intervention provider for children under the age of 3. They didn’t detect enough developmental delay for their services, but they referred her to Metro United Way’s Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) program for continued monitoring and developmental support.

ASQ is a series of questionnaires for children 0-6 that makes it easy for parents to understand how their child is developing. It identifies strengths and provides activities to help children as they continue to learn. If a child needs assistance in a particular area, parents receive information about resources and support that can assist them.

After completing the first ASQ questionnaire with her daughter, this mom was provided with activities to strengthen her daughter’s communication skills and was reassured that Metro United Way (MUW) would continue to monitor her with additional screenings and support. She decided to also enroll her other child, 3 year old David.

David’s first questionnaire results raised concern about his social emotional development, and his mother discussed with a MUW staff member that she believed some of his behavior was stemming from the recent death of his father. She received information for grief counseling and other resources, along with a referral to her pediatrician for further evaluation.

Through this evaluation, multiple problems were discovered for David. Sleep apnea was causing him to stop breathing several times a night, so his tonsils and adenoids were removed to correct this condition. He was also diagnosed with ADHD but needed to be cleared by a cardiologist prior to taking medication due to a heart murmur; the cardiologist completed a heart catheterization procedure to resolve this issue just before David turned five years old.

Today, David is a healthy kindergartner who is succeeding in school. His mother credits the ASQ program and the caring MUW specialists for helping save his life and ensuring he received the care he needed to help him succeed in life. We know that when kids and adults are healthy, our entire community prospers!


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