I am educating children or young people with ADHD
I am educating children or young people with ADHD
How do we know it is ADHD?
There are some pointers that lead medical and educational professionals to suspect a student has ADHD:
  • Difficulty following instructions or completing tasks
  • Short attention span and difficulty ‘sticking to’ an activity
  • Difficulty organising tasks and activities
  • Easily distracted and forgetful
  • Often doesn’t listen when spoken to
  • Fidgets, is restless and can’t sit still in class
  • Can’t stop talking, noisy
  • Runs about when it is inappropriate
  • Interrupts others
  • Blurts out answers without waiting for the question to be finished
  • Difficulty in waiting or taking turns
In adolescence and adulthood, both those diagnosed and undiagnosed with ADHD in childhood are often associated with continuing emotional and social problems, including substance misuse, unemployment and involvement in crime.
Is it definitely ADHD?
Unfortunately, as there is no one definitive clinical test for ADHD, diagnosis can be difficult. Many students have problems with self-control periodically and it is difficult to know when this is ‘ordinary’ development or when it could be as a result of ADHD.
There may be other causes of disruptive behaviour, such as dyslexia, language or hearing difficulties, or conduct disorder, which need to be considered (although these problems may also affect students with ADHD). For these reasons, a diagnosis of ADHD should only be made by a child and adolescent psychiatrist, paediatrician or other appropriately qualified healthcare professional (HCP) with training and expertise in the diagnosis of ADHD and other mental health conditions.
A diagnosis of ADHD
An ADHD diagnosis requires:
  • Clinical and psychosocial assessment
  • Developmental and psychiatric history
  • Observer reports
It is likely that, as the student’s teacher, you may be asked to provide information to enable the diagnosis to be made or progress to be monitored.
The diagnosis of ADHD can be confirmed upon meeting specific criteria (DSM-5) and also the ADHD symptoms must have been present before the age of 12 years, for the duration of at least 6 months, occurring in more than one place (e.g. both at home and school), not appropriate to the student’s developmental age and must be seriously disruptive to their performance.
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