Development of a new attention rating scale for children with intellectual disability: the scale of attention in intellectual disability (SAID)

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Difficulties with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are thought to be as common among children with intellectual disability (ID) as they are in children without ID. Despite this, there is a lack of scales to specifically assess ADHD symptomatology in children and adolescents with ID. This article describes the development and evaluation of a teachercompleted measure; the Scale of Attention in Intellectual Disability (SAID). A community survey of 176 teachers of children 5-13 years of age, with ID at all levels of impairment indicated that the T-SAID is a reliable and valid measure. Integrating this scale with neuropsychological and clinical research holds exciting promise for enhancing our understanding of the nature of attention difficulties within populations with ID
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91 - 109
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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