The SWAN Rating Scale for ADHD

    Strengths and Weaknesses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms and Normal Behaviour Scale (SWAN)

    How it Works

    Please answer the questions below, rating the child on each of the criteria shown using the scale on the right side of the questionnaire. As you answer each question, check the box that best describes how the child has conducted themselves over the past 6 months. This form may be filled in by any caretaker of the child, including parents, teachers and tutors.

    *Adapted from James M. Swanson, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

    The Rating Scale

    Not at all
    Did not apply to the child at all
    Just a little
    Applied to the child to some degree, or some of the time
    Quite a bit
    Applied to the child to a considerable degree, or a good part of time
    Very much
    Applied to the child very much, or most of the time
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    Questionnaire

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    Your SWAN Results

    Gives close attention to detail and avoids careless mistakes
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Sustains attention on tasks or play activities
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Listens when spoken to directly
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Follows through on instructions and finishes school work and chores
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Organizes tasks and activities
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Engages in tasks that require sustained mental effort
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Keeps track of things necessary for activities (doesn’t lose them)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Ignores extraneous stimuli
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Remembers daily activities
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Sits still (controls movement of hands or feet or controls squirming)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Stays seated (when required by class rules or social conventions)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Modulates motor activity (inhibits inappropriate running or climbing)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Plays quietly (keeps noise level reasonable)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Settles down and rests (controls constant activity)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Modulates verbal activity (controls excessive talking)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Reflects on questions (controls blurting out answers)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Awaits turn (stands in line and takes turns)
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Enters into conversation and games without interrupting or intruding
    • Not at all
    • Just a little
    • Quite a bit
    • Very much
    Please select an answer for all questions.

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