What is the Vanderbilt© Symptom Assessment?

The Vanderbilt© Assessment is a standard and commonly used ADHD symptom rating scale published by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). When a pediatrician diagnoses a child, they often use a diagnostic tool like the Vanderbilt Assessment for parents and teachers. This diagnostic form is 54 questions and asks questions about symptoms for several disorders. Vanderbilt© Follow-Up Questionnaire is  a shorter, 18 question version of that diagnostic form that allows parents and teachers to monitor  ADHD symptoms of inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Pediatricians can look at a parent’s and teachers’ answers to this Vanderbilt© Follow-Up and have information on whether or not a patient’s symptoms are getting worse or better. The form is used in the Fengo app and is reproduced with permission from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Kristin Zibell