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VADPRS

Clinical Scales

The VADPRS (Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale) closely follows the criteria set forth in DSM-IV and has been customized to observations made in the home environments.

When the forms are returned to the mental health professional, 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 VADPRS also looks for symptoms of comorbidities such as oppositional defiance, conduct disorder, anxiety, and depression.

The VADPRS was developed by Mark L. Wolraich, MD, and colleagues.

You can also download a printable version, scoring instructions , or continue with the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale.

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VADPRS

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Behaviors

Does not pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes, such as in homework

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Has difficulty sustaining attention to tasks or activities

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Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

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

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Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

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

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

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Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

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Is forgetful in daily activities

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Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

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Leaves seat when remaining seated is expected

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Runs about or climbs excessively in situations when remaining seated is expected

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Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

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Is "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor"

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Talks too much

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Blurts out answers before questions have been completed

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Has difficulty waiting his or her turn

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Interrupts or intrudes on others (butts into conversations or games)

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Argues with adults

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Loses temper

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Actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules

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Deliberately annoys people

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Blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehaviors

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Is touchy or easily annoyed by others

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Is angry or resentful

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Is spiteful and vindictive

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Bullies, threatens, or intimidates others

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Initiates physical fights

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Lies to obtain goods for favors or to avoid obligations ("cons" others)

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Is truant from school (skips school) without permission

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Is physically cruel to people

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Has stolen items of nontrivial value

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Deliberately destroys others' property

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Has used a weapon that can cause serious harm (bat, knife, brick, gun)

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Is physically cruel to animals

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Has deliberately set fires to cause damage

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Has broken into someone else's home, business, or car

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Has stayed out at night without permission

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Has run away from home overnight

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Has forced someone into sexual activity

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Is fearful, anxious, or worried

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Is afraid to try new things for fear of making mistakes

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Feels worthless or inferior

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Blames self for problems, feels guilty

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Feels lonely, unwanted, or unloved; complains that "no one loves" him or her

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Is sad, unhappy, or depressed

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Is self-conscious or easily embarrassed

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Academic Performance

Reading

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Academic Performance

Mathematics

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Academic Performance

Written expression

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Classroom Behavior

Relationships with peers

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Following directions/rules

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Disrupting class

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Assignment completion

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Classroom Behavior

Organizational skills

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