Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Detail  
The scales described below can help identify a variety of symptoms affecting children and adolescents. Do not assume that a particular "score" on any rating scale or screening tool means a child has a particular disorder-these instruments are only one component of an evaluation. Diagnoses should be made only by a trained clinician after a thorough assessment. Symptoms suggestive of suicidal or harmful behaviors warrant immediate attention by a trained clinician.

 
 
Attention Deficit Disorders Evaluation Scale-3rd Ed. (ADDES-3)
Parent Teacher

The ADDES-3 is used to help diagnose Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adolescents ages 4-18. The Parent version includes 46 items noting behaviors exhibited at home and can be completed in approximately 12 minutes. The School Version includes 60 items observed and documented by teachers and can be completed in approximately 15 minutes.

The ADDES-3 scales can be purchased online at:
http://www.hes-inc.com/hes.cgi/00850.html
 
   
 
ADHD Rating Scale-IV (ADHD-IV)
Parent Teacher Clinician

The ADHD Rating Scale-IV is a tool both for diagnosing ADHD in children and adolescents ages 5-17 and for measuring improvements with treatment. This scale contains 18 items and takes 10-20 minutes to administer.

The scale and related reading materials can be purchased online at:
http://www.addwarehouse.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/product52.html

 
   
 
ADHD Rating Scale
Parent Teacher Clinician Student

One of several very similar scales based on the 18 criteria for ADHD, with the frequency of each symptom rated by a parent, teacher, clinician or child/adolescent as: never, sometimes, often, or very often. This scale is useful for diagnosing ADHD and its severity as well as measuring improvements with treatment or other interventions (e.g., parent training, behavioral plans). It is used with children 6-12 years old, contains 18 items and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

Available free online at:
http://elcaminopediatrics.com/forms.htm

 
   
 
Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale
Parent Teacher

This initial assessment tool, for use with children ages 6-12, contains rating scales for symptoms and for impairment in academic and behavioral performance. Although this tool is not intended for diagnosis, it is widely used to provide information about symptom presence and severity, and performance in the classroom, home, and social settings. The Vanderbilt Scale takes 10 minutes to complete (Parent Form has 55 items and Teacher Form has 43 items).

The Parent Form is free and available online in PDF format at:
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The Teacher Form is free and available online in PDF format at:
Click here to download the the form
 
   
 
SNAP-IV Rating Scale-Revised (SNAP-IV-R)
Parent Teacher

This scale, used with children and adolescents ages 6-18, contains 90 items, and takes about 10 minutes to administer. The SNAP-IV includes symptoms of ADHD and also oppositional defiant disorders (ODD) and aggression. It was developed by Swanson, Nolan, and Pelham.

Available free online at: http://www.adhd.net/
 
   
 
ADD-H: Comprehensive Teacher's Rating Scale and Parent Form (ACTeRS)
Parent Teacher

The ACTeRS contains both parent and teacher forms. Both versions are used to assess attention, hyperactivity, social skills, and oppositional behavior in children and adolescents ages 6-14. Each form contains 24 items and takes 5-10 minutes to complete. This scale can be used for screening or to measure response to treatments.

It can be purchased from Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. at
http://portal.wpspublish.com/portal/page?_pageid=53,70007&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL (Parent Form) and http://www.parinc.com/product.cfm?ProductID=440 (Teacher Forms)
 
 



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