What is ADHD?

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
  • Common symptoms include: a short attention span, being easily distracted, restlessness, constant fidgeting, over-activity and impulsivity.
  • ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it is more common in people with learning difficulties.
  • Symptoms of ADHD tend to be first noticed at an early age, and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school.
  • Most cases are diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 12.

Getting Help:

  • Many children go through phases where they are restless or inattentive. This is often completely normal and does not necessarily mean they have ADHD.
  • However, you should consider raising your concerns with your child's teacher, their school's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or GP if you think their behaviour may be different to most children their age.

How to Manage ADHD

  • There is no cure for ADHD, but it can be managed with appropriate educational support, advice and support for parents and affected children, alongside medication, if necessary.
  • Looking after a child with ADHD can be challenging, but it is important to remember that they cannot help their behaviour.
  • Some issues that may arise in day-to-day life include:
    • getting your child to sleep at night
    • getting ready for school on time
    • listening to and carrying out instructions
    • being organised
    • social occasions
    • shopping

All information from NHS Choices