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If you have found yourself describing your child as any of the above, it is possible that your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

ADHD is a condition, which affects those parts of the brain which control attention, impulses and concentration. It can have a big impact on school, peer relationships, self-esteem and family life without appropriate treatment.

There are many theories about ADHD:

  • Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD
  • However ADHD can go unrecognised in girls
  • It tends to run in families suggesting it’s genetic
  • There are also dietary and environmental factors 
  • Many children will have another condition as well as ADHD

This short video will help you understand more about ADHD.

If you want to know about the science bit, here is a one minute video explaining what is happening in the brain of someone with ADHD.

ADHD starts at a very young age but may not be diagnosed until later. It is more likely that a diagnosis will be achieved during the school years when children are in an environment that places greater demands on them, and where they are trying to function in larger groups of children with less adult support.

There's no simple test to determine whether your child has ADHD, but a specialist can make an accurate diagnosis after a detailed assessment. Your GP or school can refer your child to a specialist for a formal assessment.

Children do not need a diagnosis of any condition to get support at school. Your child’s school must do it’s best to give your child the support they need.

Derbyshire Healthcare Trust has more about the support available to children and young people living in Derby and South Derbyshire who need an assessment for a neurodevelopmental condition. The Neurodevelopmental Pathway is a specialist service responsible for the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Derby City team for ADHD is called STePS. It consists of experienced and qualified staff who deliver a range of services including:

  • Promote inclusive practice
  • Support young children with a range of additional needs
  • Work flexibly in the child’s home and/or education setting
  • Work with children and their parents or carers
  • Liaise with other agencies
  • Provide advice, support and training for settings
  • Support transition into a child’s first school place

To contact the STePS Team, telephone 01332 641400 or email stepsadmin@derby.gov.uk

SENDIASS offers free confidential, impartial advice and support to parents, children and young people up to the age of 25 about Special Education Needs and Disabilities as well as guiding you through the SEND processes and procedures.

To find out more about the support that SENDIASS offers contact them on 01332 641 414 or email SENDIASS@derby.gov.uk

To help you keep a record of your child’s condition, we have created three useful toolkits that you can go through with your child. Simply select pages that you think are relevant to your child. You do not need to fill out every page.

These pages can be taken to your GP or shown to your health visitor as evidence of your concerns. They can be used just to gauge how your child is feeling on a particular day. We understand that as parents, you meet a lot of people to discuss your child’s needs and often have to repeat information.

Here is a selection of ADHD blogs:

  • In Focus with Faigy, find motivation, working memory and controlling emotions are just a few of the areas this ADHD coach helps to improve.
  • The ADHD Centre offers a service dedicated to the scientific study and treatment of ADHD as it affects people throughout the life cycle from childhood, through adolescence, and into adulthood.
  • The No Judgment Zone has essays, diary entries and snapshots of daily life written by ADDitude readers who are parenting children with ADHD and or living with adult ADHD.
  • Susy Parker has ADHD and so does her daughter. She started by writing '3 Things My Daughter and I Love About Our ADHD.' Read more in her blog.

People with an ADHD brain can be:

  • Creative with great ingenuity.
  • Compassionate and intuitive.
  • Quick to forgive and forget.
  • Loyal with tremendous empathy.
  • Helpful and generous.
  • Spontaneous and fun.

There will never be a dull moment!

  • Emma Watson
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Zooey Deschanel 
  • Will.i.am
  • Eva Longoria
  • Richard Branson
  • Liv Tyler
  • Will Smith
  • Lisa Ling
  • Stevie Wonder