It's hard for kids to hold back when they see something they really want. They need the ice cream cone NOW. They want their turn at the new video game NOW.
Most kids learn self-control as they get older. Yet it can be harder for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to gain control over their impulses. As kids, they might blurt out answers in class without raising their hand. Or they might jump into games without waiting their turn.
In the teenage years, impulsivity...
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.
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.
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March 12, 2014
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