Download a free printable ADHD checklist for toddlers, preschoolers, and/or adolescents, to help determine whether behavioral treatments are necessary. It's not always easy trying to determine if there is something else going on with young children, when it seems normal for them to be running around all the time. Some typical symptoms include difficulty following directions, excessive talking, and inability to organize tasks.
By themselves, these things would not indicate an issue, but if there's multiple things going on, that's when you will want to see advice. I have created the checklist to be especially helpful for parents, but it can also be a great resource for professionals and teachers to use as well.
Both parents and professionals should realize that there may be other causes of ADHD symptoms, such as a child not getting the recommended sleep for his/her age, having a sensitivity to artificial colors in food like red dye 40, or actually having a sensory processing disorder (SPD) instead. I would have thought my son exclusively had this disorder if it weren't for an occupational therapist that helped educate us otherwise!
This is not intended to diagnose, but should be able to provide you with a good starting point for determining whether they should have further evaluation. I know it can be confusing sometimes when you are dealing with frustrating child behavior, so be sure to check out my other pages to gather as much information as possible. You can print it off and hand it to teachers or other caregivers, allowing them to assess what signs they may have.
When using the ADHD checklist, talk to your child's pediatrician if your child has six or more of the symptoms listed at the top and/or six or more of the symptoms listed at the bottom in the often or very often category. You can use the ADHD Checklist to help get a diagnosis.
You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and print the ADHD checklist. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page, but you will need to temporarily disable any pop up blockers to open the new window and the checklist).
If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the chart. However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.
Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.
In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option.
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1. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Arlington, VA., American Psychiatric Association, 2013.