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NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales


According to the, “The NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales were developed through the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Learning Collaborative project. This resource is used by healthcare professionals to help diagnose ADHD in children between the ages of 6 and 12.”  This article will describe the basics of the NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales and provide readers with some of the questions asked on these type of scales.

Some Basic Information On The NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales

What is the NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales?  According to, “Many healthcare professionals use the NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scale Diagnostic Rating Scale to help diagnose ADHD. The scale is meant for children ages 6 to 12, but people in other age groups can use it, if applicable. Different forms are available for parents and teachers. Both forms screen for symptoms of ADHD and inattention. The parent assessment scale has a separate section for conduct disorder, or antisocial behavior while the teacher assessment scale has an extra section on learning disabilities.”

What Questions Are Asked On The NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales?

According to, there are two types of the NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales, the Parent Scale and the Teacher Scale.  The Parent Scale measures symptoms and performance.  The Teacher Scale measures symptoms and performance, as well.  Unlike the Parent Scale, for the Teacher Scale, performance is further divided into classroom performance and classroom behavioral performance.

According to, below are examples of some questions on the NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scale-Parent Form:


1. Does not pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes
with, for example, homework
2. Has difficulty keeping attention to what needs to be done
3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
4. Does not follow through when given directions and fails to finish activities
(not due to refusal or failure to understand)
5. Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities


48. Overall school performance
49. Reading
50. Writing
51. Mathematics
52. Relationship with parents
53. Relationship with siblings
54. Relationship with peers
55. Participation in organized activities (eg, teams)

According to, below are examples of some questions on the NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scale-Teacher Form:


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

Performance-Academic Performance

36. Reading
37. Mathematics
38. Written expression

Performance-Classroom Behavioral Performance

39. Relationship with peers
40. Following directions
41. Disrupting class
42. Assignment completion
43. Organizational skills


This article has provided readers on the basics of the NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales.  In addition, examples of questions pertaining to the Parent Scale and the Teacher Scale have been given, as well.

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NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 3, 2020, from


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