Behaviour Rating Scales for ADHD

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Behaviour Rating Scales for ADHD

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Written tests called rating scales are used to check for symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). These tests can help measure and compare a child's behaviour with that of other children the same age.

It is best to complete one of these rating scales to help diagnose ADHD. The most common of these tests are completed by the child's parents and teachers and usually include:

  • T-CAPS, which asks a wide range of the child's symptoms.
  • Weiss Symptom Report, which checks for a range of symptoms that may occur with ADHD and other disorders.
  • SNAP-IV Teacher and Parent Rating Scale, which asks questions about symptoms such as hyperactivity, not paying attention, and impulsivity.
  • Conners' Parent Rating Scales, which asks about the child's symptoms.
  • Child Behaviour Checklist, which evaluates a wide range of symptoms.

Other people who know the child, such as daycare workers or relatives, can complete some of these rating scales also. Evaluations of a child in different environments can help determine if the child has a behaviour problem related to ADHD.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last Revised July 22, 2010

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