Topic Champions – ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse. It is important to remember that ADHD can affect both children and adults. In the UK, ADHD is thought to affect between 2% to 5% of school-aged children (Journal of Attention Disorders).
ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability and can present itself with a set of behaviours that can make education difficult for students, but it is important to remember that ADHD does not affect intelligence. Students with severe ADHD can however have low self-esteem, develop emotional and social problems, underachieve at school and be at risk of school exclusion (O’Regan, 2014).
At New Heights, we have always had students with ADHD within our cohort and we have strategies that encompass their individual needs that can ensure they reach their full potential.
As part of my continuing professional development, I have completed some research on how we can further our knowledge of ADHD and help students with ADHD in our school. I will develop some resources with strategies for helping students with ADHD in the classroom and this can be accessed in the Topic Champion folder in the staffroom.
Along with Lisa Kenny, our SENDCo, I am available to talk with students about any questions or concerns they may have.