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ADHD Assessment Scales

The NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales are a tool used by health care professionals to help diagnose ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) in children between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age

These scales are essentially a questionnaire which is filled out by parents and teachers to assess how your child behaves in both the home and school environments.

They look at ADHD symptoms like inattention (trouble focusing, easily distracted) and hyperactivity/impulsivity (can’t sit still, acts without thinking). They also check for other conditions such as anxiety, depression, and learning difficulties.

Each form has a list of behaviours and issues, and the parent and teacher rates how often they see these in the child (never, occasionally, often, very often).

The results help health professionals get a clearer picture of your child’s behaviour, which is important for diagnosing ADHD and figuring out the best way to best support the child moving forward.

IMPORTANT: This resource is not a replacement for a professional assessment, so please consult with your trusted health professional for more information.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, you or your family member need to be assessed by a trained and credentialed clinician, such as a paediatrician, psychiatrist or psychologist, that is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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