Brown ADD Rating Scales for Children, Adolescents and Adults

Dr. Brown has developed and published assessment tools to help assess executive function impairments associated with ADD/ADHD and related problems. These tools are designed for easy use by psychologists, physicians, psychiatrists, school psychologists and other educational, medical or mental health professionals.

His rating scales, normed for each age group across the lifespan, elicit valuable data about executive function impairments for persons aged 3 years through adult. The scales are useful for:

  • screening individuals who might benefit from assessment for ADD/ADHD
  • as one component of a comprehensive assessment of persons for possible ADD/ADHD
  • for monitoring effectiveness of ongoing treatment for ADD/ADHD


These scales are widely used by schools and clinicians in paper and pencil or clinical interview format; they have also been utilized in research for many clinical trials of ADHD medications.

Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales (BADDS)

  • for Children (3 to 7 yrs)
  • for Children (8 to 12 yrs)
  • for Adolescents (12 to 18 yrs)
  • for Adults (18 yrs and up)

by PsychCorp/Pearson: San Antonio, TX., 1996, 2001

The Brown ADD Scales are based on Dr. Brown’s clinical research and his model of ADD/ADHD as developmental impairment of executive functions. This model is described in detail in his recent book, Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults. Click here for more information about this book.

The Brown ADD Scales help to assess a wide range of symptoms of executive function impairments associated with ADHD/ADD. These normed rating scales are available to elicit parent report and teacher report for children ages 3 to 7 yrs and 8 to 12 yrs. For 8 to 12 year olds, a normed self-report version is also available. For adolescents (12-18 yrs) and for adults, normed rating scales elicit self-report and collateral report on a single form.

One manual for the Brown ADD Scales for Children and Adolescents and another for the Brown ADD Scales for Adolescents and Adults provide age-based norms and detailed information about how to administer and interpret the Brown ADD Scales and the Brown ADD Diagnostic Forms. A software program is available to assist in scoring the Brown ADD Scales and to produce a printed report with age-based scores that can be shared with patients, their families and their clinicians.

The Brown ADD Scales for Adolescents and Adults include 40 items that assess five clusters of ADHD-related executive function impairments. Versions for children ages 3 to 12 yrs also include a sixth cluster to assess problems in monitoring and self-regulating action.

  • Organizing, Prioritizing and Activating to Work
  • Focusing, Sustaining and Shifting Attention to Tasks
  • Regulating Alertness, Sustaining Effort and Processing Speed
  • Managing Frustration and Modulating Emotions
  • Utilizing Working Memory and Accessing Recall
  • Monitoring and Self-Regulating Action

Brown ADD Scales Scoring Assistant

This software program provides an easy and convenient way to record an individual’s responses to any of the Brown ADD Scales and instantly generate an individualized narrative and graphic report. This report describes Brown ADD Scales and the clusters of executive function impairments associated with ADD. A graph shows the patient’s scores and how much impairment has been reported for each specific cluster of ADD-related executive function impairments relative to the normative sample. Up to five administrations of the scale can be entered in each file; this allows comparison of scores from various respondents, e.g. self-report, parent, teachers, etc. It also can be used to track progress of treatment by comparing scores over multiple time points.

Click here for link to PsychCorp/Pearson for more information or to order the Brown ADD Scales, Diagnostic Forms and computerized Scoring Assistant.