October is ADHD Awareness Month, a common disorder that can impact focus, impulse control and emotional response. It is the most prevalent neurodevelopmental condition in children.
Around 5% to 8% of the UK population are living with ADHD, meaning that around 500,000 school children are affected.
However, population data would suggest that the number of children who are actually medically diagnosed with ADHD, is only between 1% and 3%.
It’s important to be aware of these signs and how to spot them, but it’s also important to gain a better understanding of these conditions as a whole.
The ADHD Foundation works to stop the misconceptions that surround the condition, and state:
“It is estimated that one in five human beings are neurodiverse – that is to say one in five have either dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism spectrum, ADHD, dysgraphia or dyscalculia. They are naturally occurring differences in human neurology.
“Your child is not sick or ‘disordered’, nor are they mentally ill – they are different. Yes, these differences can be very impairing, but with the right support, early intervention and informed and loving parents, your child can thrive. They just need a little bit of understanding and extra help to understand themselves and manage the challenges while playing to their strengths.”
More information can be found here: https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/information/schools/