ADHD

ADHD very commonly co-occurs with autism and there is a lot of overlap between the two neurologies.

If you are supporting or parent of an autistic child it is always helpful to familiarise yourself with ADHD and ADHD support strategies. It is the common piece of missing support and understanding that I see when I carry out school observations and needs assessments.

This page offers some simple resources I have developed as part of my work and experience of ADHD in children I work with, my own children and myself as an ADHD adult. 

For more in depth information I recommend taking a look at the ADHD foundation website.

ADHD'ers & Dopamine

We are not deficient in dopamine but rather our supplies are watered down due to increased receptors. 

Therefore our bodies find ways to naturally produce it.

Bodies naturally seek what they need.

Our bodies are amazing and naturally find ways to meet our needs. This also acts as a way for us to recognise what we need. 

Adults should use this as a form of communication; when we see a child doing this we know they may need some support or at least be left to do what their brain needs them to do.

School behaviour polices are not always conducive to ADHD neurology

Many ADHD'ers will mask or suppress their bodies natural needs and movements to ensure they are not deemed 'naughty', 'lazy', 'not listening', 'not concentrating'.

Masking always leads to anxiety, exhaustion and overwhelm. Masking is a risk factor for long term mental health conditions and suicide. More info on masking can be found here.

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