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The SWAN Rating Scale

James M. Swanson, Ph.D.

University of California, Irvine

Name: ____________________________________ Gender: ______ Age: ______ Grade: ______

Completed by: _____________________________

Date Completed:______________________ Class size: ______ Type of Classroom: ________________

Children differ in their abilities to focus attention, control activity, and inhibit impulses. For each item listed below, how does this child compare to other children of the same age? Please select the best rating based on your observations over the past month. Compared to other children, how does this child do the following:













1. Give close attention to detail and avoid careless mistakes








2. Sustain attention on tasks or play activities








3. Listen when spoken to directly    








4. Follow through on instructions & finish school work/chores








5. Organize tasks and activities                       








6. Engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort








7. Keep track of things necessary for activities








8. Ignore extraneous stimuli








9. Remember daily activities
















10. Sit still (control movement of hands/ feet or control squirming)








11. Stay seated (when required by class rules/social conventions)








12. Modulate motor activity (inhibit inappropriate running/climbing)








13. Play quietly (keep noise level reasonable)








14. Settle down and rest (control constant activity)








15. Modulate verbal activity (control excess talking)








16. Reflect on questions (control blurting out answers)








17. Await turn (stand in line and take turns)  








18. Enter into conversations & games (control interrupting/intruding)
















19. Control temper                             








20. Avoid arguing with adults








21. Follow adult requests or rules (follow directions)








22. Avoid deliberately doing things that annoy others








23. Assume responsibility for mistakes or misbehavior








24. Ignore annoyances of others








25. Control anger and resentment








26. Control spitefulness or vindictiveness








27. Avoid quarreling








28. Remain focused on task (does not stare into space or daydream)               
















29. Maintains appropriate energy level (is not sluggish or drowsy)








30. Engage in goal directed activity (is not apathetic or unmotivated)