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Welcome to the ACT (ADHD Calculator of Traits).

ACT asks questions about your ADHD traits and then gives you a report that will tell you where you stand compared to others your own age and sex. Are you highly attentive, reflective and relaxed or are you very distractible, impulsive and restless. You can rate yourself if you are 13 to 17 years old and you can use the ACT to rate someone you know like a child, friend, patient or student if they are six to 14 years old.

Why use the ACT?

Most scales, screeners and questionnaires track the number of ADHD symptoms a person has. The focus is on diagnosis of ADHD. But we now know that ADHD traits vary widely in the population. Some people can sit still, pay attention and remain calm under the most trying circumstances. Others cannot. The ACT uses the Strengths and Weaknesses of ADHD Symptoms and Normal Behaviour Rating Scale (SWAN; Swanson et al., 2012) to collect information and then applies extensive population norms collected on more than 17,000 young people. As a result, we can compare your ratings to thousands of people your own age to see where you stand on the ADHD scale.

An ADHD diagnosis applies to people who are impaired because they are very restless, inattentive and impulsive. Diagnosis requires an assessment by a trained professional. Our trait checker does not make a diagnosis.

Remember, the information that the ACT provides is purely educational. If you want advice about whether you meet or someone you know meets criteria for ADHD or need treatment, you should seek professional advice. Professionals will have many more questions than we can ask about your mental and medical health.

We assume no liability for any diagnosis, treatment decision made or action taken or assume any responsibility or risk for your use of the ACT.

At the end, you can print or save a report of your trait scores.

This service is free.

We do not save your name or the responses to trait questions.

If you want the ACT to run on your own computer or if you want to use it for professional, research or commercial purposes, please contact:

Susana Andres
Business Development Officer
Industry Partnerships and Commercialization
The Hospital for Sick Children
Tel: (416) 813-8989
Email: susana.andres@sickkids.ca