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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:
Teachers also are often asked to complete rating scales, such
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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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