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ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms seen from early childhood. Core symptoms include poor attention (distractibility, short attention span), high activity levels (hyperactivity)/restlessness and impulsivity. Not in line with overall development.

Diagnosis is not made before the age of 5 because many children, especially under-fives, are inattentive and restless.

These symptoms become a problem when they have a negative impact on the child’s learning, relationships with parents and peers and self esteem. 

ADHD - What you can do to help





Local council support

For access for additional parenting support and the local offer (services available for children with additional needs) and to book on courses visit the council website:

You can also check your local Children’s center for drop in sessions with family workers.

Early Help Hub PARENT PARENTING

The Early Help Assessment that was completed as part of your child’s referral to the service can help your family to access the support of professionals such as family workers or young people’s workers. Please contact your worker or call 01480 376666 for further advice.

SENDIASS (see council website above) School

Offers confidential advice and information around schooling to parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

Contact:  01223 699 214 (term time).

Schools: The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (EHWS) covers Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Contact: 0300 029 50 50

How we can help

Primary School children

If after seeking parenting support through other agencies, the child is still really struggling in school and home - a referral to Community Paediatrics can be made for assessment and possible diagnosis. Referrals will need to be made by schools.

When a diagnosis of ADHD is made, parents will be offered ADHD workshop to gain more information and support. Following this medication will only be offered by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), if problems persist.

Secondary School children

Referrals will need to be directed to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). 

When a diagnosis of ADHD is made, parents will be offered ADHD workshop to gain more information and support. Following this medication will only be offered by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), if problems persist.

Please click on the flowchart below for a full version:

ADHD joint pathway flowchart

Need more information?

  • Wisbech: ADHD support group - Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech. Tel: 01354 750401
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