ADHD Rant! – Stop Calling Me!

ARGHHHHHHHHHH! 7 calls in 7 days. 7 calls in 7 days from my son's primary school! I mean is this not verging on harassment? My son is not the worst child in the world! His behaviour doesn't come close to warranting an ASBO for crying out loud! ARGGHHHHHHHH This will be my ADHD Rant!- Stop Calling Me! I'm sure you will feel me! My son's miracle meds have slowly decreased in efficacy and need to be adjusted. As parents of children with ADHD know, getting a CAMHs appointment is about as easy as licking your own elbow. Anyhow, I managed to get…

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Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) and ADHD

School avoidance can affect many students for various reasons but with our children with ADHD, it is extremely commonplace. Previously termed School Refusal the correct term is now Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA). I prefer this term as it highlights the fact that the child is experiencing emotional distress about attending school, rather than simply refusing. (EBSA excludes physical illnesses preventing a child from attending school, truancy or parent-condoned absences). I work with a few children who experience EBSA, and watching their struggle can be heartbreaking. Another set of initials that affect our children with ADHD. Signs of Emotionally Based School Avoidance,…

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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…

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ADHD in Schools

As we know, our children with ADHD generally have difficulties with attention, impulsivity, hyperactivity and time management/planning. These are all the things that are required to thrive in a mainstream school! I've used this analogy in a previous blog, but if your child was in a wheelchair, no one would expect to have to battle to get a ramp installed or wait years for this to happen. Yet a few simple adjustments to a mainstream school could really help our children and do not affect or impact the learning of the other students. Sitting still is probably the first obstacle, our kids…

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ADHD and Dyspraxia in Children

ADHD and dyspraxia are both neurodevelopmental disorders. ADHD is a condition that affects focus, attention, and impulsivity. Dyspraxia (also known as DCD, Developmental Coordination Disorder) is a condition that affects fine and gross motor skills, coordination and movement. It is often referred to as a "motor learning disability." This means that it can be difficult for people with dyspraxia to learn new motor skills, or to execute previously learned motor skills. Dyspraxia can occur in isolation, or it can be comorbid with other conditions, such as ADHD. In fact, research suggests that ADHD and dyspraxia often co-occur. One study found that 36…

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Inattentive ADHD in Children

Inattentive ADHD in children, previously termed ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), indicates that the child does not suffer from the hyperactivity side of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Many children go undiagnosed because they are not the 'stereotypical' ADHD child, buzzing around like Tigger. However, Inattentive ADHD is serious and debilitating, and, frustratingly, often overlooked. What is ADHD? There are three subtypes of ADHD: · Hyperactive and Impulsive · Inattentive (ADD) · Combined type ADHD ADHD is a neurological condition that varies in severity from child to child, often making ADHD diagnosis difficult. My son and daughter both have ADHD, but my daughter’s…

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ADHD and Adolescents

The dreaded adolescent phase!  My twins have just turned 13!  My girl twin has ADHD my son, her twin does not.  But I now have two adolescents in my house *gasp.  I thought it would be wise to research and write this post to pre-empt what I am potentially going to experience if I am not already experiencing it.   Firstly, I decided to read up on adolescents in general.  I mean all we ever hear about is how moody they are, how they sleep all day and stay awake all night, how ‘No’, is a complete sentence in their language and…

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ADHD in the Early Years (EYFS)– Strategies to help in class

Reception is the first year of primary school in England and Wales. It is considered the final segment of EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).  It comes after nursery and before Year 1.  Pupils in reception are aged four to five years old.  Your child must attend school from the beginning of the school year following their fifth birthday.  Regardless of the month they were born, they will start in the September. Therefore, some pupils will be nearly a year behind others.  A year at this age is quite noticeable!  It is not like 30 and 31, it is a massive gap!  This…

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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?…

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ADHD success stories!

As a parent of two children with ADHD, I do worry for their futures.  I take a check on myself though and stop myself fretting.  I mean, we worry about all our children, right?  But in a society where so much emphasis is placed on academic achievement, it is only natural to worry when your child is not as academic.  I am not saying all children with ADHD are not academic.  Far from it.  My youngest is quite the little genius, if only he would sit still long enough to hear an entire lesson.  My daughter has ADHD and dyslexia and dyscalculia. …

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