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TOOL FOR PROFESSIONALS

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR

USE

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scale
INSTRUCTIONS AND SCORING
Behaviors are counted if they are scored 2 (often) or 3 (very often). Inattention

Requires six or more counted behaviors from questions 1–9 for indication of the predominantly inattentive subtype.

Hyperactivity/
impulsivity

Requires six or more counted behaviors from questions 10–18 for indication of the predominantly hyperactive/impulsive
subtype.

Combined
subtype

Requires six or more counted behaviors each on both the
inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity dimensions.

Oppositional
defiant and
conduct disorders

Requires three or more counted behaviors from questions 19–28.

Anxiety or
depression
symptoms

Requires three or more counted behaviors from questions 29–35.

The performance section is scored as indicating some impairment if a child scores 1 or 2 on at least one item.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

REFERENCE FOR THE SCALE’S
PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES

Mark Wolraich, M.D.
Shaun Walters Endowed Professor of
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Oklahoma University Health Sciences
Center
1100 Northeast 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 271-6824, ext. 123
E-mail: mark-wolraich@ouhsc.edu

Wolraich ML, Feurer ID, Hannah JN, et al. 1998.
Obtaining systematic teacher reports of disruptive
behavior disorders utilizing DSM-IV. Journal of
Abnormal Child Psychology 26(2):141–152.

The scale is available at http://peds.mc.
vanderbilt.edu/VCHWEB_1/rating~1.html.

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BRIGHT FUTURES

TOOL FOR PROFESSIONALS

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scale
Name:

Grade: ____________________

Date of Birth: ______________ Teacher:__________________________________ School: __________________________________ Each rating should be considered in the context of what is appropriate for the age of the children you are rating. Frequency Code: 0 = Never; 1 = Occasionally; 2 = Often; 3 = Very Often 1.

Fails to give attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork

0

1

2

3

2.

Has difficulty sustaining attention to tasks or activities

0

1

2

3

3.

Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

0

1

2

3

4.

Does not follow through on instruction and fails to finish schoolwork (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand)

0

1

2

3

5.

Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

0

1

2

3

6.

Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustaining mental effort

0

1

2

3

7.

Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (school assignments, pencils, or books)

0

1

2

3

8.

Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

0

1

2

3

9.

Is forgetful in daily activities

0

1

2

3

10. Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

0

1

2

3

11. Leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected

0

1

2

3

12. Runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which remaining seated is expected

0

1

2

3

13. Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

0

1

2

3

14. Is “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”

0

1

2

3

15. Talks excessively

0

1

2

3

16. Blurts out answers before questions have been completed

0

1

2

3

17. Has difficulty waiting in line

0

1

2

3

18. Interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

0

1

2

3

19. Loses temper

0

1

2

3

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Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scale (continued) Frequency Code: 0 = Never; 1 = Occasionally; 2 = Often; 3 = Very Often 20. Actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’...
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