Are you looking for useful information or resources to support children in your school or alternative provision who have ADHD? If so, this article is for you!
What is ADHD?
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A person with ADHD has differences in brain development which can lead to difficulties concentrating or controlling motor function effectively.
What causes ADHD?
The cause of ADHD is not fully understood. However, there is some speculation that it may be caused by genetic factors, or by interruptions to neural devleopment or function, such as brain injury or premature birth (the latest studies suggest that prematurely born children may be up to 80% more likely to develop ADHD than their full-term counterparts).
Symptoms of ADHD
The NHS website tells us that the symptoms of ADHD are well defined and usually noticeable in children before the age of 6. They are:
The main signs of inattentiveness are:
- having a short attention span and being easily distracted
- making careless mistakes – for example, in schoolwork
- appearing forgetful or losing things
- being unable to stick to tasks that are tedious or time-consuming
- appearing to be unable to listen to or carry out instructions
- constantly changing activity or task
- having difficulty organising tasks
Hyperactivity and impulsiveness
The main signs of hyperactivity and impulsiveness are:
- being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
- constantly fidgeting
- being unable to concentrate on tasks
- excessive physical movement
- excessive talking
- being unable to wait their turn
- acting without thinking
- interrupting conversations
- little or no sense of danger
These symptoms can cause significant problems in a child’s life, such as underachievement at school, poor social interaction with other children and adults, and problems with discipline.
Useful ADHD resources
The ADHD foundation has a wonderful booklet giving lots of information about ADHD and how children with the condition can be effectively supported at school. There is also an entire section on their website dedicated to schools which may be of interest.
Our partners at nasen also have some brilliant publications for supporting children with ADHD. For example, their book; Successfully Teaching and Managing Children with ADHD: A Resource for SENCOs and Teachers (nasen spotlight) is a fantastic book offering lots of information, advice and support strategies. This really is essential reading for classroom practitioners. In fact, we are giving a copy away in our latest giveaway, so why not enter for a chance to win (giveaway is running throughout October 2019).
Are you seeking SEND work or staff?
If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?