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VADTRS

Clinical Scales

The VADTRS closely follows the criteria set forth in DSM-IV and has been customized to observations made in the classroom 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 VADTRS also looks for symptoms of comorbidities such as oppositional defiance, conduct disorder, anxiety, and depression.

The VADTRS 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 Teacher Rating Scale.

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Behaviors

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

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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 sustaining 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 in classroom or in other situations in which 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 excessively

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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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Loses temper

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

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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 (ie, "cons" others)

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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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Is fearful, anxious, or worried

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Is self-conscious or easily embarrassed

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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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Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scale (VADPRS)

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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 Behavioral Performance

Relationships with peers

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Following directions/rules

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Classroom Behavioral Performance

Disrupting class

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Classroom Behavioral Performance

Assignment completion

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Classroom Behavioral Performance

Organizational skills

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