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Griffiths III Griffiths Scales of Child Development (3rd Edition)

Overview A comprehensive, child-friendly developmental measure. Authors Elizabeth Green, Louise Stroud, Susan Bloomfield, Johan Cronje, Cheryl Foxcroft, Kim Hurter, Hilary Lane, Rivca Marais, Candice Marx, Paula McAlinden, Rosemary O’Connell, Ruth Paradice, Danie Venter

Introducing Griffiths III – the latest edition of the Griffiths Scales of Child Development Griffiths III represents an evolution in developmental assessment, based on the latest research and theory, and building on the best of the past. Griffiths III is a comprehensive, child-friendly developmental measure for continuous use from birth to 6 years (72 months). It is the product of a thorough re-standardisation of the Griffiths Mental Development Scales (GMDS) – described as the 'gold standard'* in child development testing. The standardisation was conducted by the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD) using a representative sample from the UK and Ireland. What is Griffiths III? Griffiths III provides an overall measure of a child’s development, as well as an individual profile of strengths and needs across five areas: •F  oundations of Learning – assesses critical aspects of learning during the early childhood years. • Language and Communication – measures overall language development, including expressive language, receptive language and use of language to communicate socially with others. •E  ye and Hand Coordination – considers fine motor skills, manual dexterity and visual perception skills. •P  ersonal–Social–Emotional – measures constructs relating to the child’s developing sense of self and growing independence, interactions with others, plus many aspects of emotional development. •G  ross Motor – assesses postural control, balance and gross body coordination, among other abilities. *Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, 48 (11), 1004–1008.

How do I use Griffiths III? Griffiths III can be used by psychologists and paediatricians, plus other allied health professionals, for a variety of purposes in a range of applied settings. Assessing a child’s developmental profile and level helps to identify if a child is developing appropriately for their age or whether difficulties in specific areas could be linked to a specific developmental or learning disorder. Griffiths III can assist in tracking and monitoring development over time, and planning for and measuring the impact of interventions. It can also provide valuable information to inform decisions about future placement and management of the child. What’s new to Griffiths III? Griffiths III has taken the best from the previous editions and built upon them to become a substantially improved kit. More than 80% of Griffiths III was redesigned to make a modern assessment in line with the latest developmental, paediatric, psychological and neurological research. Clinician feedback was also taken into account, and the administration sequence was streamlined to be straightforward and practical for users. The time required to complete Griffiths III is approximately 60 minutes. All equipment can be easily cleaned, is child-friendly and has been designed to keep small children engaged and at ease.

What’s inside the kit? The kit comes in a durable carrying case and includes the following components: •M  anual Part I: Overview, Development and Psychometric Properties •M  anual Part II: Administration and Scoring •M  anual Part III: Norms •R  ecord Books with Analysis Sheets (10 pack) •D  rawing Booklets (10 pack) •T  est equipment Griffiths III training for users of the previous editions There is no ‘upgrade kit’ – registered users of the previous Griffiths Scales are simply required to undergo a conversion course via a free online e-learning package. The course takes roughly 3–6 hours to complete and you’ll need to email to request access. There is also an additional face-to-face training course option – visit for dates and to book. Griffiths III training for new users New user training is in two stages. First, there is an e-module to complete. This is then followed by a three-day faceto-face training course. For full information and to book, please visit If you have any queries please email Please contact our international Griffiths III distributors for details of training courses outside the UK (see for contact information). How can I order Griffiths III? Public sector customers are invited to place their order via Purchase Order. These can be sent to Alternatively, you can order via our website or over the phone. Note that we will need to check end user certification before we can complete the sale.

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History of the Griffiths Scales of Child Development Dr Ruth Griffiths proposed her theory about the development of young children, the Avenues of Learning, in 1954. She believed in the value of understanding the child as a whole and thus the need to explore domains of functioning through observation, psychometric assessment and caregiver-reporting. Ruth Griffiths’ study of the developing child culminated in the publication of the original version of the Griffiths Scales, the Baby Scales, in 1954. It assessed the development of children from birth to two years of age in five avenues of learning, namely Locomotor, Personal-Social, Hearing and Speech, Eye and Hand Coordination, and Performance. Griffiths received many requests for the extension of the infant scales for use with older children. To address this, the Baby Scales were revised and re-standardised and the Extended Griffiths Scales were developed in the 1960s. The Extended Griffiths Scales covered the ages from birth to eight years, and a sixth subscale, Practical Reasoning, was added for children aged two and over. A need for the revision of the Griffiths Scales then resulted in the publication of the Griffiths Mental Development Scales – Extended Revised (GMDS-ER) in 2006. Griffiths III brings the assessment up-to-date for new generations whilst also building on the tradition established by Ruth Griffiths by retaining the unique qualities that made the previous editions so popular and successful.

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