NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scale (Teacher Informant)

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is this evaluation based on a time when the child


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

2. Has difficulty sustaining attention to tasks or activities

3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

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

5. Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

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

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

8. Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

9. Is forgetful in daily activities

10. Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

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

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

13. Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

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

15. Talks Excessively

16. Blurts out answers before questions have been completed

17. Has difficulty waiting in line

18. Interrupts or intrudes in on other's (eg, butts into conversations/games)

19. Loses temper

20. Actively defies or refuses to comply with adult's requests or rules

21. Is angry or resentful

22. Is spiteful and vindictive

23. Bullies, threatens, or intimidates others

24. Initiates physical fights

25. Lies to obtain goods for favor or to avoid obligatioins(eg, "cons" others)

26. Is physically cruel to people

27. Has stolen items of nontrivial value

28. Deliberately destroys others' property

29. Is fearful, anxious, or worried

30. Is self-conscious or easily embarrassed

31. Is afraid to try new things for fear of making mistakes


32. Feels worthless or inferior

33. Blames self for problems Feels Guilty

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

35. Is sad, unhappy, or depressed

Performance (Academic)

36. Reading

37. Mathematics

38. Written expression

Classroom Behavioral Performance

39. Relationship with peers

40. Following directions

41. Disrupting Class

42. Assignment completion

43.Organizational skills

The recommendations in this publication do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.

Copyright ©2002 American Academy of Pediatrics and National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality.
Adapted from the Vanderbilt Rating Scales developed by Mark L. Wolraich, M.D. Revised - 0303

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