If you have an infant or toddler, you may have taken them to hospital for assessment on their growth and development. There is a tool that it used to determine this milestone and is the one that we are calling the ounce scale.
The basis of the ounce scale is to help you make critical observation of your toddle or infant .The infant is placed on the scale and there are readings on the calibration to be noted. Is your toddler adding, reducing or maintaining same weight? It is also an important tool for the parents, teacher and the caregivers in general as thy will be able to accurately record what they see with own eyes.
The assessment is basically on the developmental, motor sensory and other physical developmental milestones. It is mostly used to assess infants from birth all the way to the age of 3½ years.
The guidelines the ounce scale provides are very important as they set the standards applicable across the globe on the behaviour and or growth of children. Such information must be interpreted and make meaning to an observer on how the child is growing.
The parents and caregivers require this information as a basis for interacting with their toddlers .There are many other areas of functional assessment that can be obtained from it. These are as follows:
The teachers, parents and the caregivers will easily relate to the practical assessment of the toddler or the infant. The ounce scale is used every day and the practicability is there for everyone to see. If you are a caregiver, you will definitely find it quite useful in both the short run and the long run.
Developing the competence of the child is very important. You will need to identify the skills such as motor sensory coordination among other areas of competence in the toddler.
Central to the use of this tool is the relationship that will develop between the toddler and the caregivers. In this context, the caregivers could be anyone from the parents to the teachers. There is a form of interaction that emerges from the use of the tool. It enhances the involvement of the caregivers into the growth and development of the toddler and in the process, a relationship grows out of it.
This scale is very important in terms of the support that is to be accorded to the toddler. Through the interaction, one will be able to identify the areas where the abilities, accomplishments and the skills can be harnessed and where the support should be elicited. This will in the long run help to bring up a toddler into a healthy, normal functioning adult.
Right from the observation, recording is vital part of the cycle. You will be using this scale for the periods stipulated and for this period of time, you will be required to record what you hear or see in the toddler. As such, this should be factored in.