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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Technique Toolbox - FREE DOWNLOAD ADHD scales

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent and Teacher Rating Scales

Credited toMark L. Wolraich, MD, and colleagues

For use with: Children

What you will need:

downloaded scales
writing instrument
scoring instructions
time to observe the child

What you do:

Download the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale here.

Download the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scale here.

Typically a clinician will give each of the scales to the appropriate person, either teacher or parent. That person, then, observes the child in either the home or school settings, checking things as they apply and using the scoring details to determine the child's propensity in that setting.

(These are GREAT scales to have on standby to determine if your character meets the criteria for ADHD as well! Bonus, right?)


Making the correct diagnosis in pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is especially important today. The Vanderbilt Rating Scales closely follow the criteria set forth in DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4th Edition) and have been customized to observations made in the home and classroom environments (thus the Parent and Teacher scales).
When the forms are returned to the counselor, the scoring allows the clinician not only to make a diagnosis of ADHD, if present, but also to categorize the problem into one of its various subtypes: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, or combined. The Vanderbilt Scales also look for symptoms of other disorders that are commonly found in children with ADHD, such as oppositional defiance, conduct disorder, anxiety, and depression.

Hope you find them useful!

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Michelle said...

Oh wow! This is awesome. Thank you!

I am having difficulty downloading the teacher rating scale. I'm getting an error message when I click the link.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

weird. i'm not getting any errors and am able to download it fine. just google the following to find a pdf:

"vanderbilt teacher rating scale filetype:pdf"

Michelle said...

Got it! Thank you.

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