ADHD: National advice resources

Children, young people and families that are experiencing mild or temporary difficulties or are adjusting to life circumstances may benefit from access to appropriate advice without needing to seek help or more help.

Children, young people and families experiencing chronic, fluctuation or severe difficulties where they are currently able to manage their own health and/or are on the road to recovery may benefit from access to appropriate advice without needing to seek help or more help.

Struggling to concentrate, having too much energy or not being able to easily control your behaviour are some of the symptoms of ADHD. It is not always necessary to have a diagnosis to be able to access support and manage these symptoms. The following resources will help you to understand and learn to cope with these difficulties. 

Young Minds and The National Autistic Society give advice and guidance on difficulties with attention and concentration as well as more specific advice relating to ADHD provided by the specific organisations below. 

National attention deficit disorder information and support service (ADDISS) provides people‐friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance ‐  parents, people experiencing symptoms, teachers or health professionals.
They also have a support line and e-mail if you would like to talk to someone about ADHD:
Phone: 020 8952 2800
E‐mail: info@addiss.co.uk 

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity, in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies, works to:  

  • Build a positive foundation for life.
  • Improve life chances through better understanding and management of ADHD.
  • Raise awareness & understanding of ADHD ‐ change the negative perception of ADHD into positive.
  • Bring about positive change and inclusion within policy and practice.
  • Support schools, GP’s, youth justice services and other professionals who work with people living with ADHD.

The ADHD Foundation supports achievement, educational attainment, mental health and employability. They work in partnership with those living with ADHD, enabling them to understand and manage ADHD. 

ADDitude is a resource for families and adults living with ADHD and related conditions and the professionals who work with them. They are based in America, but many of their resources will be helpful to families living in the UK. 

ADDers is a website provide information and adults and children who experience symptoms of ADHD. 

ADHD Voices brings the perspectives and experiences of children into international debates around rising child psychiatric diagnoses and the increasing use of drugs in child psychiatry. These voices contribute to an empirical evidence base that helps to inform ethical debate, clinical judgment, and national policy. VOICES is a Wellcome Trust funded research project led by Professor Ilina Singh at Kings College London.

Their website provides resources and videos about ADHD and things that can help. 

The UK ADHD Partnership (UKAP) was established in January 2013 by mental health and allied professionals who share an interest in improving outcomes and securing better futures for children and young people affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), together with their carers and families. The Partnership brings together practitioners with a wealth of experience from a range of services who are committed to raising awareness and understanding about ADHD and fostering positive outcomes.

Their website provides information and resources for parents and professionals to support people living with ADHD. 

Understood is an American based website that provides information and advice parents, teachers, children, employers and other professionals to help them to support people who learn and think differently (including those with ADHD diagnoses) to thrive at home, school and work. 

Creating the optimal living environment for a child with ADHD

Home advisor provide this article on helping to create an environment to support a child with ADHD. It includes information on design changes that can be made to the bedroom and rest of the home, as well advice on creating systems and routines.