As a parent, you are always going to be the expert on your child. You may have had discussions with friends, family or teachers about your child's behaviour. Some comments may have been similar to the following:
What is ADHD?
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.
How do I get as diagnosis?
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.
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.
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