Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that can significantly impact daily functioning.
Children with ADHD may struggle with sustaining attention, organising tasks, following instructions and managing impulses. They may exhibit restless behaviour, difficulty staying seated, and interrupting others.
ADHD can affect academic performance, social relationships, and self-esteem. With understanding, support and structured environments, children with ADHD can develop strategies to enhance attention, self-control and overall well-being, allowing them to reach their full potential.
Assessment of ADHD: The NHS Neurodevelopmental Pathway
Somerset have recently introduced a Neurodevelopmental (ND) Pathway for assessment of ADHD. This process involves gaining information from the school and parents that the SENDCo then submits to the ND Pathway. A panel of experts look at the information and decide whether they feel an assessment is needed. Currently, this process is taking around 24 months from the SENDCo submitting the information to parents being contacted to arrange an assessment from a paediatrician.
The following website has some excellent resources to support parents and their children: https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/services-for-families/
If you would like to find out more about any of the above, contact Kate Rogers (SENDCo), via the school office.