The Ounce Scale

The Ounce Scale

Description

Assist parents to become keener observers of developmental milestones. The Ounce Scale provides a structure to help parents observe a range of relevant behaviours in their child’s growth. 

Assist parents to become keener observers of developmental milestones. The Ounce Scale provides a structure to help parents observe a range of relevant behaviours in their child’s growth. 

Author:

Samuel J. Meisels, EdD, Dorothea B. Marsden, MEd, Amy Laura Dombro, Donna R. Weston, Abigail M. Jewkes

Overview:

Assist parents to become keener observers of developmental milestones.

Age Range:

Birth–3:6 years old

Scoring Option:

Ounce Online (ordered by phone at 1.800.627.7271) or manual scoring

Scoring Options:

Ounce Online (ordered by phone at 1.800.627.7271) or manual scoring

Publication Date:

2003

Help parents become keener observers of developmental milestones

Most parents are quick to relate their kid’s “golden moments” — the first step, the first word, the funny dance. But they may not realize the more subtle yet important indicators of their child’s growth. The Ounce Scale provides a structure to help parents observe a range of relevant behaviors — so that you can better assess the child’s development.

Product details

Designed for use with infants and toddlers, The Ounce Scale is organized around six major developmental areas:

  • Personal connections: How children show they trust you
  • Feelings about self: How children express who they are
  • Relationships with other children: What children do around other children
  • Understanding and communicating: How children understand and communicate
  • Exploration and problem solving: How children explore and figure things out
  • Movement and coordination: How children move their bodies and use their hands to do things

Recommended uses

The Ounce Scale offers a meaningful way to evaluate and document children’s growth, accomplishments, areas of difficulty, and temperament. This versatile tool is used by:

  • Center-based childcare personnel
  • Early Head Start teachers
  • Home visitors
  • Parent support group leaders
  • Visiting nurses
  • Teen parenting program staff
  • Early interventional specialists
  • Family home daycare providers
  • Pediatricians and health aides

Benefits to you and the children you serve

  • Presents a highly reliable, criterion-referenced measure based on specific developmental standards
  • Helps meet Early Head Start and federal assessment requirements
  • Allows you to gather information from multiple perspectives, giving a more well-rounded picture of the child’s development
  • Takes a natural, whole-child approach to observation
  • Helps educate parents so that they can become more involved in decisions about their children
  • Supports early intervention for at-risk kids
  • Enables you to celebrate children’s achievements
  • Offers your district online tools to help streamline data collection and reporting

Materials

The Ounce Scale comprises three core components:

  • Observation Record — Provides a focus for observing and documenting children’s everyday behaviors and provides data for making evaluations
  • Family Album — Offers a structure for parents to learn about and record their child’s development
  • Developmental Profile — Enables caregivers and other staff to evaluate each child’s development and progress over time, comparing their observations

Pre-recorded Webinars

  • Getting Started with Ounce Online

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD

    The Ounce Scale provides a structure to help parents and child care providers observe a range of relevant behaviors. The core components of the Ounce Scale are Observation Record, Family Album, and Developmental Profile. This one-hour session is designed for administrators and child care providers who are using Ounce Online. The presenter will demonstrate how to create a class roster by adding teachers and children and how to use the online system to document observations.

    Date: Oct 21, 2014

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  • Overview of The Ounce Scale

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD

    The Ounce Scale provides a structure to help parents and other child care providers observe a range of relevant behaviors. This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the core components of The Ounce Scale – Observation Record, Family Album, and Developmental Profile.

    Date: Jun 04, 2014

    pdf PDF: Overview of The Ounce Scale

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