Behavior Rating Scales for ADHD - Topic Overview
Written tests called rating scales are used to check for
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:
- Conners' Parent Rating Scales, which asks about
the child's symptoms.
- Child Behavior Checklist, which evaluates a
wide range of symptoms.
Teachers also are often asked to complete rating scales, such
- Conners' Teacher Rating Scales, used to evaluate
the child's symptoms in the classroom.
- Child Behavior
Checklist/Teacher Report Form, which also evaluates classroom
- Child Attention Problems, which monitors behavioral
changes when the child is taking medicine to treat ADHD.
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.