Understanding ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.

ADHD is a neurological disorder that is often hereditary.

It can display as early as infancy with one symptom being that a infant has around 40 minute sleep cycles and isn't able to resettle and sleep longer periods.

There are 3 types of ADHD.


impulsive/ Hyperactive

And the most common Combined AHDH.

Symptoms of ADHD display differently in each person and must be significant before the age of 12.

When you are seeking assessment for ADHD your child's teacher and caregivers will be asked to respond because for a formal diagnosis to be made ADHD symptoms must be present in multiply settings.

ADHD Symptoms

Its important to remember that symptoms vary from child to child, gender also plays an important role in symptoms.

80% of Teachers believe ADHD is a problem that relates specifically to boys, This is incorrect.

Symptoms Impulsive / Hyperactive ADHD

  • being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings.

  • constantly fidgeting.

  • being unable to concentrate on tasks.

  • excessive physical movement.

  • excessive talking.

  • being unable to wait their turn.

  • acting without thinking.

  • interrupting conversations.

  • difficulty self regulating

  • Aggression towards others

  • Emotional outbursts

  • Low self esteem

  • Hyperfocus with video games, sports or an area of interest

  • Difficulty managing friendships

Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD

  • Lack of attention to detail. A child with inattentive ADHD may not pay careful attention to classroom assignments or household chores. ... 

  • Trouble staying focused. ... 

  • Frequent spaciness. ... 

  • Difficulty following instructions. ... 

  • Easily distracted. ... 

  • Forgetfulness. ... 

  • Often misplacing possessions. ... 

  • Difficulty sustaining mental effort.

  • Day dreaming

  • Fidgeting

  • Low self-esteem

  • Hyperfocus

  • Clever skills used to cover up symptoms.

  • More executive function.

  • Visual learner,

  • Difficulty working things out in their head.

  • Time more

  • Sleep issues

  • Anxiety

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ADHD is A Superpower

ADHD can become your superpower too,

Take a look at some of the worlds most influential and successful people and see how they have harnessed their ADHD for success.

The ability to be empathetic, hyper focused with your attention onto things that drive and motivate your passions can be just a few ways you can use AHDH to thrive.

Mindfulness in Schools: Richard Burnett at TEDxWhitechapel
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Mindfulness in Schools: Richard Burnett at TEDxWhitechapel

Stop. Breathe. Pay attention. "Our mental health and well-being are profoundly affected by where and how we place our attention". In this enlightening talk, Richard guides through a short mindfulness meditation, and shares his experience of teaching mindfulness in schools. He reveals some of the amazing benefits being mindful can bring to the classroom and inspires the audience with simple ways to bring more awareness to how we respond to our everyday experiences. Richard Burnett is co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project. With Chris Cullen and Chris O'Neill, Richard wrote the highly-acclaimed 9 week mindfulness course, .b (pronounced dot-b), designed to engage adolescents in the classroom. He is a teacher and Housemaster at Tonbridge School, the first school in the UK to put mindfulness on the curriculum, an event covered by press, TV and radio in early 2010. Since then, thousands of young people have been taught .b in a wide range of educational contexts, from independent girls' schools like St Pauls to Young People's Support Services for those excluded from school. .b is now being taught in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Holland and Thailand. For more information on the Mindfulness in Schools Project go to www.mindfulnessinschools.org In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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