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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

SEaTSS can support students with this condition.

To refer to SEATSS please use this link:


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: Brain Highway

Brain Highway

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

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

Contact a family


A UK wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children. 

SNAP Essex Charity

01277 211300
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SNAP charity is based in Essex. They have a really comprehensive resource library - books, toys, computer items. 

If you contact them, they will send you a directory of items they have in stock.