Diagnostic Utility of the Pediatric Attention Disorders Diagnostic Screener

Erik Newman, Linda A. Reddy

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Objective: The Pediatric Attention Disorders Diagnostic Screener (PADDS) is an evidence-based screener of attention and executive functioning that combines computer-based Target Tests of Executive Function (TTEFs; Target Recognition, Target Sequencing, and Target Tracking) with parent and teacher behavioral reports to efficiently screen children ages 6 to 12 for ADHD. The present study is the first to examine the utility of the TTEFs in predicting ADHD status. Method: The PADDS TTEFs were administered to 76 children (age = 6-12) with ADHD and 76 matched controls. Logistic regression and diagnostic efficiency statistics were used to evaluate the ability of the three TTEFs to predicted ADHD status. Results: All three TTEFs significantly discriminated ADHD participants from controls, but each had a different diagnostic efficiency profile. Classification accuracy was improved when results of all three TTEFs were combined. Conclusion: The PADDS is a promising tool for quickly and reliably screening for ADHD in clinic and school settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-380
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


  • ADHD
  • attention
  • executive functioning
  • neuropsychological assessment
  • pediatric


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