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Griffiths III

Griffiths III is the product of a thorough re-standardisation of the Griffiths Mental Development Scales (GMDS) assessment. Griffiths III provides an overall measure of a child’s development, as well as an individual profile of strengths and needs across the following five areas.

  • Foundations 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.
  • Eye and Hand Coordination
    Considers fine motor skills, manual dexterity and visual perception skills.
  • Personal–Social–Emotional
    Measures constructs relating to the child’s developing sense of self and growing independence, interactions with others, and many aspects of emotional development.
  • Gross Motor
    Assesses postural control, balance and gross body coordination, among other abilities.

Age range

Birth–6 years  

Who can use it?

Practitioners must have undertaken specific training in order to administer Griffiths III. The scales are supplied only to paediatricians and health professionals who have successfully completed a three-day face-to-face training course accredited by the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD).

How is it used?

The test takes 50–60 minutes.

What can it tell us?

Griffiths III provides raw scores, standard scores, age-equivalents, sub-quotients, general quotients and percentile equivalents. This means that the child’s score can be compared with that of hearing peers of their age.


  • Is well standardised and recent.
  • All equipment can be easily cleaned, is child-friendly and has been designed to keep small children engaged and at ease.


  • Lengthy test.
  • Restrictions on who can use it.

Is there a cost?


Where can I access it?

For information on ARICD training dates, visit