Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition which can cause a child to be inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive.
Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when they start school. The symptoms of ADHD present differently at different ages. Boys are more commonly affected than girls.
How ADHD is diagnosed
For mild symptoms (limited impairment on daily activities) of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, advice from school SENCo may be very helpful. If there are concerns about moderate to severe impairment then seek medical referral via GP. The doctor will take comprehensive history and seek professional reports especially from the school. There are many other reasons why a child or young person may present with inattentiveness, hyperactivity or impulsivity. There may be other conditions associated with ADHD.
Local and National Support Group and Organisations:
- ADDISS : www.addiss.co.uk is the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service. Their website offers resources for carers, young people and teachers.
- ADDVance: www.add-vance.org/ A service for families and individuals who have ADHD or Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis although no diagnosis is necessary to access it.
- Space - www.spaceherts.org.uk/- Space is a Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum, with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a related condition.