ADHD: Mainstream or Specialist School?

Have you ever had to make the difficult decision of choosing a school setting, mainstream or specialist, for your child with ADHD who has an EHCP? If so, you are not alone. This is a common challenge that many parents face. An EHCP, or Education, Health and Care Plan, is a legal document that outlines the special educational needs of a child and the support they require. When creating an EHCP, parents are often asked to specify the school setting that would best suit their child's needs. This decision can be particularly challenging because it requires careful consideration of various factors, such…


ADHD and RSD in children

OK, so yet more initials to throw at you! But I am just learning about this and thought I would share my findings.  RSD or Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria.  Heard of it?  I hadn’t.  It’s not a medical diagnosis, but more a way of describing a symptom that is closely related to ADHD.  In fact, up to 99% of individuals with ADHD have this.  Hence a blog about ADHD and RSD in children. What is RSD? Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is an intense emotional sensitivity whereby the individual believes they have been rejected by a person or criticised by someone important to them.  Dysphoria…


Six things I hate about ADHD

Maybe I shouldn’t have titled this blog post ‘Things I hate about ADHD’?  It’s not actually things I hate about ADHD, it’s more things I hate concerning ADHD.  I feel like I’m about to have a real moan today. I need a vent and I think you will get where I am coming from! ADHD Diagnosis Drowning in ADHD paperwork How difficult is it to get a diagnosis?!  I get that you must make sure it’s nothing else and that specialists don’t want to diagnose too early. But the amount of paperwork involved is beyond ridiculous. There must be an easier way?…


Does ADHD impact the siblings?

Having a child with ADHD does affect the whole family.  There I have said it.  With all the best intentions in the world, it is impossible not to let it impact your life.  Routines must change.  Planning must be strict.  Boundaries are made differently.  Sometimes these things are for the better.  I mean most kids work well with boundaries and routines.  But does ADHD impact the siblings? As a parent, I know first-hand how it affects me, but what about the other children in your family, their siblings? Top 5 things I worry about for their sibling Having less time with me…

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When people stand and stare

It's hard enough being the parent of a child with ADHD.  It’s made harder by judgmental people who are ignorant enough to watch an ADHD meltdown.  I’ve always taught my children not to stop and stare at something that doesn’t concern them. It’s amazing how many people have clearly not been taught this… I remember being in a supermarket with the three of them.  Yes, the horror of having to do a weekly shop with my young three (18 months and four and a half-year-old twins) still sends shivers up my spine.  We had managed to do the shop, largely due to…

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