Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Top tips for parents information and advice

Following your child’s diagnosis of ADHD, you may find the wealth of information and literature available to you a minefield.  These top tips have been created by parents of Swindon children who have ADHD that you may find useful as a starting point:

  1. Read the Information leaflet that you were provided with by the Paediatrician following diagnosis. This provides you with links to useful local and national websites to help you understand your child’s diagnosis.  
  2. Join an online support group.

The SEND Room is an online Facebook support group for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 in Swindon who have any Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Swindon.

Swindon SEND Families Voice is a group of volunteer parents and carers working together to improve services for children/young adults with disabilities and additional needs in Swindon.

A Support Group for Parents (Swindon Autism and ADHD) is a group for all parents and carers of children with ADHD conditions. It is a place for us to ask questions, find support from others in a similar position and to have a rant, cry or share that achievement.

  1. Attend a peer support group.

Branches is a local support group open to all parents and carers of children and young people with any special educational needs or disability, aged 0-25.

Wiltshire ADHD Support Group – based in central Swindon.  The group is aimed at adults with ADHD (traits), as well as carers/parents of kids with ADHD or anyone else who has an interest in ADD/ADHD.

  1. Contact Aiming High and Swindon Carers – they can help with benefit advice, signposting, family activities and respite
  2. Sign up for the Family Links Managing Challenging Behaviour programme by contacting the Butterflies Centre on 01793 722984
  3. Get your child a Hidden Disability Lanyard from your GP practice or Great Western Hospital.

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