ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) are terms used to describe a disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people in the world around them, and behaves (inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness).
People with Autism may find it difficult to:
- Communicate and interact with other people.
- Understand how other people may think or feel.
- Find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful and uncomfortable.
- Get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events.
- Take longer to understand and process information.
- Do or think the same thing over and over again.
People with ADHD may show signs of:
- Having a short attention span, making careless mistakes, appearing forgetful or loosing things, being unable to stick to tasks that are tedious, appearing unable to listen or carry out instructions, having difficultly organising tasks.
- Being unable to sit still, constantly fidgeting, being unable to concentrate on tasks, excessive physical movement, excessive talking.
- Being unable to wait their turn, acting without thinking, interrupting conversations, little or no sense of danger.
Surrey Local Offer- Online Hub for 0-25 years old with special educations needs or disability.
National Autistic Society- Providing personal services to meet the specific needs of each individual. Advice, information and support.
Action For Carers- Supporting all carers across Surrey.
SEND Advice Surrey- Information, advice and support for parents/carers, children and young people with special educational needs and disability.
Crossroad Care Surrey- Providing respite breaks for carers.
Family Voice Surrey- Providing parents/carers with a strong collective voice, a forum to share knowledge and empowerment to improve the opportunities for all children.
Online chats and events running until December: click here for more information and to book your place.
Surrey Family Information Service- Support for children with special educational need or disability.
New Life Charity- FREE loan of specialist toys to families who have disabled and terminally ill children. The Play Therapy Pods are self-contained and are delivered direct to families doors.
Braain- Information and support on ADHD and ASD.
Young Minds- Parental helpline and advice for those who are worried about their child's behaviour and emotional well-being.
Children and Family Health Surrey
Safe Space Health- Information for children and young people covering subject such as emotional well-being.
- Providing up to six 1:1 sessions for children and young people aged 5-18 years old who need support with mental and emotional well-being issues (such as; anxiety, isolation, bullying, friendships, anger, low self-esteem, parental separation, school issues and bereavement).
- Understanding Autism: Workshop for parents/carers: 2 hour sessions each week for 4 weeks. The sessions explore: what is autism, social and communication skills, sensory issues, the impact of family and school life, how to best support children and build their self-esteem and confidence, and reduce their levels of anxiety.
- The team has specialist knowledge in education and social care, and are trained in solution focused thinking.
- Referrals are to be made from health, social care and educational professionals (no self-referrals).
- Mindsight Surrey CAMHS
- Learning Space
Surrey Positive Parenting Service-
- Parenting Programme by Barnardo's in supporting parents/carers of children (6-18 years old) who have a diagnosis of, or are in the process of a diagnosis of ADHD.
- The programme is delivered in either 7 or 8 weeks; within the local community, during school hours or evenings. There are 2 programmes; The Parent Factor (for those with ADHD diagnosis) and The Nurturing Pogramme (for those awaiting ADHD diagnosis).
- The sessions explore; gaining confidence and skills as parents, positive parenting, strategies for effective behaviour management, understanding the importance of clear communication and a chance to meet with other parents.
- Referrals to be made by professionals (no self-referral).
- A behavioural management programme for parents/carers and other carers of young children aged 2-12 years old.
- Programme support parents/carers to effectively use a toolkit of strategies to help manage behaviour and encourage positive behaviour.
- Parents/carers can find their own places, no need for a referral. To find your nearest programme click here.
PAT-P Preschool Programme-
- Parenting Autism Together- Preschool Programme, a 6 week programme for Surrey parents/carers of preschool children with autism.
- The programme covers an overview of autism, communication and interactions, learning and social interactions through play, sensory needs, behavioural needs and supporting daily activities.
- For more information click here
- Send Teaching School
The Curly Hair Project- Leaflets/information relating to a wide range of issues linked with ASD. Training days also available including CBT for ASD.
The National Autistic Society- provides support for young people, parents and schools in further understanding ASD and how it impacts on people's lives.
SOS! SEN- Regular training and workshops supporting parents.
Support Groups in Surrey- Support groups for parents/carers caring for those with ASD/ADHD.