Behavior Rating Scales for ADHD
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 behavior 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 usually include:
Teachers also are often asked to complete rating scales, such as:
Other people who know the child, such as day care 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 behavior problem related to ADHD.
If a child is suspected of having ADHD after a doctor reviews the responses on these tests, the DSM-IV SNAP checklist is often used next. This test contains subscales that evaluate hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity to determine the specific type of ADHD that a child may have. This test usually is completed by the parent or teacher, although a doctor can also do the evaluation.
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