Redbridge SERC

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


It is primarily characterized by "the co-existence of attentional problems and hyperactivity, with each behaviour occurring infrequently alone" and symptoms starting before seven years of age.

The three primary characteristics of ADHD are:

  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

A child with ADHD will demonstrate a number of these behaviours when they are not age-appropriate.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Further help and support can be obtained from:

  • Early Years Assessment Service
  • Hatton Outreach
  • Educational Pyschology
  • New Rush Hall


Screenshot for video: Brain Highway

Brain Highway

Introductory Brain Highways video on the effects of poor sensory integration, particularly proprioception.

Screenshot for video: ADHD / ADD simulator

ADHD / ADD simulator

This video demonstrates the difficulty level of concentration when someone has ADD/ADHD. This clip is exhausting to watch! - Make sure you use for staff training - a great …

Screenshot for video: Dyslexia - Co-occurring conditions - webinar very useful for CPD

Dyslexia - Co-occurring conditions - webinar very useful for CPD

In this webinar, Glenys Heap, Dyslexia Action's Director of CPD discusses the key issues related to learning difficulties frequently co-occurring with dyslexia such as dyspraxia, ADHD, etc.

Learning Aids

Twinkl Website great resources

Twinkl Website great resources

Available from: Twinkl resources

Highly recommended This is a great site with great clear resources for Literacy, Numeracy, Assessment, Language, Rewards, Visual timetable, Curriculum areas

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are observable behaviours linked to inattention?
    • Difficulty organizing tasks
    • Difficulty staying on task and maintaining effort
    • Difficulty with transitions or prioritizing tasks, following instructions, and completing school work or projects
    • Frequently loses or misplaces items such as homework, books, toys
    • Becomes easily distracted
    • Difficulty remembering daily activities
    • Doesn’t pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes
    • Has trouble staying focused
    • May appear not to listen when spoken to
    • Has trouble planning ahead

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  • What is the difference between Sensory processing disorder and ADHD?
  • What are observable behaviours linked to hyperactivity ?
    • Has difficulty remaining seated and talks excessively
    • Has difficulty listening to others
    • Becomes easily distracted while reading
    • Constantly fidgets and squirms
    • Often leaves seat in situations where sitting is expected 
    • Moves around constantly, often running or climbing inappropriately
    • Talks excessively and has difficulty playing quietly
    • Seems to be “on the go” and always moving, as if driven by a motor
    • May try to do several things at once, bouncing around from one activity to the next
    • May become aggressive
    • May become easily frustrated
    • May have difficulty transitioning from one activity to another
  • What are observable behaviours linked to impulsivity ?
    • Speaks or acts without considering consequence
    • Problems with self-control
    • Blurts out answers without waiting to be called on
    • Has difficulty waiting to take turns
    • May often disrupt other children's play, interrupt conversations, and answer questions not intended for them
    • Inability to keep emotions in check, resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums
    • May be moody and overreact emotionally, resulting in others viewing the child as disrespectful, weird, or needy

Family Resources

Autism friendly cinema screenings

0871 22 44 007

Odeon Cinema in South Woodford/Stratford Cinema have Autism friendly screenings. Films will start on promptly with no adverts/trailers. Carers go free.

Ring for the next screening planned.

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Outreach Services

Hatton Outreach Service

020 8551 4131
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This specialist outreach support and consultancy service provides support for individual pupils in mainstream primary schools.

The outreach service works with pupils who have a range of significant language, social and learning needs.

Some pupils may have a statement of special educational needs, while others will have significant needs and working at school action plus.

Redbridge Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

0844 600 1182
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The centre is also known as Loxford Hall Child and Familiy Consultation Centre.

The centre is operated in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge Children and Families Service and North East London Mental Health NHS Trust.

Age range of pupils they support:      -> 18 yrs

Students they support:    A child/ young person under 18 with relatively severe or complex emotional, behavioural or mental health difficutlies, appropriately screened prior to referral.

How to refer: 

Referrals are accepted from professionals in health, education and children's services.

The centre specialises in helping families with children and young people with emotional, behavioural or relationship difficulties.

In the case of referrals from educational service, consultation should have taken place before the referral is made with the appropriate person from that service eg

  • educational psychologists
  • education welfare officers
  • schools nurses
  • behaviour support teams

Address:      Redbridge CAMHS, Loxford Hall, Loxford Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG12PL


Little Heath Outreach Service

020 8599 4864
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Support can be provided for students with:

  • language and communication difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome;
  • specific learning difficulties;
  • general learning difficulties.
  • specific language difficulties;