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.
The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) recommends completing 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:footnote 1
Teachers also are often asked to complete rating scales, such as:
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.
Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance (2011). Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines, 3rd ed. Toronto: CADDRA. Also available online: http://www.caddra.ca/cms4/pdfs/caddraGuidelines2011.pdf.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental PediatricsLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
Current as of: May 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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