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ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder where children have difficulty with attention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. Their difficulties must be evident in more than one setting (for example, school and home) and be significant enough to interfere academically and/or socially. In most circumstances we see school-aged children for assessment and would normally only be able to diagnose after the age of six.
There doesn’t have to be behavioural difficulties or learning difficulties. ADHD can manifest in various forms, such as a person not being able to concentrate or organise themselves. They will not necessarily be hyperactive. In fact, a number of famous people have disclosed they have ADHD. These include the most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, TV chef Jamie Oliver, musician Will.I.Am, and actor Emma Watson.
Many of the behaviours commonly associated with ADHD can also be explained by other factors including early life experiences, poor sleep or a range of other developmental conditions. Part of our assessment process involves evaluating how much of a role, if any, these other factors play and attempting to identify so as to exclude these.
ADHD is diagnosed through the assessment and review of the problem both at school and at home. It is not diagnosed with blood tests or scans. The main source of information will be school and will be gathered in the form of specific questionnaires.
If for any reason you are unable to keep your clinic appointment, please contact the ADHD Team and request to re-schedule. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.
Please note that it is a parents’/carer’s responsibility to provide up to date contact details and notify us of any changes in these. Otherwise we will be unable to contact you for appointments and the child or young person may be discharged from our service.
Please find below the link to our ADHD referral form. This can only be submitted by School Special Educational Needs Coordinators or an appropriate member of staff. Further guidance is attached to the form itself.
For more information regarding ADHD and its management please follow the links below:
ADHD Admin Desk: 0151 252 5437 or 0151 252 5435
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