Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (asQ)

Pictured is the asQ, a Suicide Risk Screening Toolkit made available by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) tool is a brief validated tool for use among both youth and adults. The Joint Commission approves the use of the ASQ for all ages. Additional materials to help with suicide risk screening implementation are available in The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit, a free resource for use in medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) that can help providers successfully identify individuals at risk for suicide. The ASQ toolkit consists of youth and adult versions as some of the materials take into account developmental considerations.

The ASQ is a set of four screening questions that takes 20 seconds to administer. In an NIMH study, a “yes” response to one or more of the four questions identified 97% of youth (aged 10 to 21 years) at risk for suicide. Led by the NIMH, a multisite research study has now demonstrated that the ASQ is also a valid screening tool for adult medical patients. By enabling early identification and assessment of medical patients at high risk for suicide, the ASQ toolkit can play a key role in suicide prevention.

We understand that talking about suicide, whether it is about ideation, plan, previous attempts, accessibility to means, etc, is no easy feat. If you are having concerns regarding yourself or a loved one, give us a call and schedule an appointment today.

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program uses a variety of proven cognitive behavioral techniques in an early intervention approach, including psycho-education about trauma and it’s consequences, relaxation training, learning to monitor stress or anxiety levels, recognize maladaptive thinking, challenging unhelpful thoughts, social problem-solving, creating a trauma narrative and processing the traumatic event, and facing trauma-related anxieties rather than avoiding them. CBITS focuses primarily on three goals: decreasing current symptoms related to trauma exposure, building skills for handling stress and anxiety and building peer & caregiver support. Here at APS, we are certified and trained to assist you and your child in ameliorating distress caused by trauma exposure!

Southern California Ordinal Scales of Development (SCOSD)

The Southern California Ordinal Scales of Development (SCOSD) is a complete Piagetian assessment system that can be helpful both in the classroom and clinic setting! The core areas assessed in Cognition are Development of Means, Object Concept, and Imitation. Call and schedule an appointment today to let us help you understand your childs’ cognitive abilities!

K-12 Digital Content Report

Check out this FREE report from ASCD and OverDrive Education if you are interested in seeing how eBooks and Audiobooks are being used for education in 2019!

Visual Learning/Organization

Is your child more of a visual learner? Does he/she benefit from visual organization to learn routine and to get through certain parts of the day?

Get in touch with us to learn more about these supplies and other helpful resources!

Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F)

Have concerns about your toddlers behaviors? Has your pediatrician or fellow peers mentioned a suspicion of Autism?

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F; Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Come on in and let us help you better understand the behaviors your toddler is demonstrating!

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