Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become noticeable when a child’s circumstances change such as when they start school.


Some of the issues that may arise in day to day life

  • Getting your child to sleep at night

  • Getting your child ready for school on time

  • The child finds it difficult to listen and carry out instructions

  • The child is disorganised, regardless of the parent being organised

  • Aggressive behaviour


Most cases are diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12 years

The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who were diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems.

People with ADHD may also experience additional problems such as sleep and anxiety disorders, 


There is no cure for ADHD however it can be managed with appropriate educational support, advice and parent support.  Medication can be prescribed where it is deemed appropriate.


Who can help?

Speak initially with the child’s teacher about your concerns to find out if the same thing is happening at school.  If they are having the same difficulties and the child is becoming at risk of exclusion a referral to the Local authority to a specialist teacher in the SEMH team or through the SBAP in the local area.

Recommended Resources

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The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information Service

Provides people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

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The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity

An integrated health and education service offering a unique service for people who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.  A children's booklet has been designed to help children understand what ADHD is, how it may affect them, what help they may need and how they can help themselves.

School Partners - Find more resources here.