October is ADHD Awareness Month, a time to learn a little more and raise awareness on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD Awareness Month aims to increase understanding and reduce the stigma associated with this condition. Contact: the charity for families with disabled children is a great resource for those wanting to find out more about ADHD, and have some handy resources.

Common signs of ADHD include inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Children with ADHD may struggle in school, experience difficulties in social situations, and often face misunderstandings from their peers and teachers. However, those with ADHD can be creative problem solvers, excel in tasks they find engaging, and bring innovation to their work. Children with ADHD can truly flourish when their needs are understood and supported.

Below we have highlighted some useful webpages and local events for those who would like more support around ADHD. You can also find more events in Somerset on the Local Offer at SEND events (somerset.gov.uk). This calendar is regularly updated with events and training happening in Somerset.

  • Somerset Autism and ADHD Pathway – The Local Offer pages have information the Autism and ADHD Pathway, the process of assessment and treatment for those with Autism and ADHD. Here you can find advice and guidance on the pathway. These pages are constantly being updated and we welcome your feedback on anything you think we have missed: Tell us about your experience – Somerset Council.
  • Neuroconnect Workshops for Parent Carers – Connect for Parents workshops explore and support Neurodivergent parenting. The 3 sessions will include support on dealing with sensory issues, Burnout, Masking, and school related challenges. Each session is on-line and, thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, is fully funded. Please book your place at https://linktr.ee/BeaconFamilyServices
  • ADHD Somerset Meetups – This is a support group for anyone supporting children with ADHD. For more information visit ADHD Somerset or their Facebook.
  • WISE Up Workshops– The Somerset Parent Carer Forum is holding WISE online workshops around neurodiverse topics, including some in partnership with CAOT and the inclusion team. See poster below for details. For a full list of workshops and how to sign up, visit WISE Up Workshops (somersetparentcarerforum.org.uk).

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October 20, 2023

Molly Venn