I am educating children or young people with ADHD
I am educating children or young people with ADHD
What is ADHD?
It is widely accepted that ADHD is a developmental condition that can be formally diagnosed.
ADHD is a term that is used to describe students who typically have the following problems:
  • Overactive behaviour (hyperactivity)
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Difficulty in paying attention and distractibility (inattention)
Students typically have a short attention span and so can find it hard to concentrate and learn, especially in group situations. This can impact on their education and many of these students underachieve at school.
It is important to recognise that not all students with ADHD have all the symptoms. There are three presentations of ADHD according to the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic scheme (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition [DSM-5]) classification.
The three presentations of ADHD
  • ADHD (inattentive presentation) describes students who mainly have problems with concentration and attention span but who are not usually impulsive or overactive
  • ADHD (hyperactive/impulsive presentation) describes students who predominantly have problems with overactive and impulsive development
  • ADHD (combined presentation) is where symptoms from the ADHD hyperactive/impulsive and ADHD inattentive combine, and is the most severe form of the condition
ADHD is included in the 2015 version of the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Code of Practice under the SEND category Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).
Useful Links
  • Born to Be ADHD is your portal for information on:
  • Born to Be ADHD Campaign - encouraging members of the community to take action in addressing stigma and misconceptions surrounding ADHD.
  • Stories that Never Stand Still - a collection of inspiring stories from people living with ADHD to educate and empower those in the community.
  • Educational resources - aimed at members of the community to improve care for those living with ADHD.
  • BorntoBeADHD.co.uk is initiated and funded by Takeda with materials created in collaboration with UK-based patient organisations.

Patient support organisations

Professional organisations