A cross-syndrome evaluation of a new attention rating scale: The Scale of Attention in intellectual Disability

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Whilst neuropsychological research has enhanced our understanding of inattentive and hyperactive behaviours among children with intellectual disability (ID), the absence of rating scales developed for this group continues to be a gap in knowledge. This study examined these behaviours in 176 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome (DS), or idiopathic ID using a newly developed teacher rating scale, the Scale of Attention in Intellectual Disability. Findings suggested that children with ASD had a significantly greater breadth of hyperactive/impulsive behaviours than those with DS or idiopathic ID. These findings support existing research suggesting differing profiles of attention and activity across groups. Understanding disorder-specific profiles has implications for developing strategies to support students with ID in the classroom
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity symptoms
  • Children
  • Intellectual disability
  • Rating
  • Autism spectrum disorde

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