ADHD (Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
This complex neurodevelopmental condition often results in children being labelled as ‘naughty’ or ‘trouble makers’. ADHD individuals often find it hard concentrating on tasks, may be disruptive, overactive and impulsive. Impulsive actions can impact negatively on peer and family relationships.
If you have persistent concerns about a child/young person’s difficulties
Educational professionals should discuss concerns with parents/carers and vice versa. Interventions to support child/young person should be initiated without delay. Advice/ support should be sought from health professional within school e.g. a school nurse, occupational therapist (if available).
Evidence to support a formal referral to a family doctor or pediatrician may include relevant screening forms e.g. SNAP-IV (www.adhd.net/snap-iv-form.pdf) Strengths and difficulties questionnaire/SDQs-freely downloadable from internet www.sdqinfo.com.
It may be helpful to include any relevant useful current/past school reports/observations and educational psychologists assessments (if available).
Schools/educational institutions may also ask advice from a specialist ADHD nurse if appropriate.