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What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder which makes children hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive. Common symptoms of ADHD include: A short attention span or being easily distracted Restlessness, constant fidgeting or over-activity Being impulsive All children can behave in this way at times, particularly…

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles. The condition can occur if the brain develops abnormally or is damaged before, during or shortly after birth. Causes of cerebral palsy include: An infection caught by the mother…

What is down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs by chance. It typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. Most babies born with down syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth, and are likely to have:- Reduced muscle tone…

What are specific learning difficulties (literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and difficulties with maths)?

Some people have a particular difficulty in acquiring literacy skills (the ability to read, write and spell) so they can find it very difficult to read, write and spell accurately and fluently at the level expected for their age. Some people have difficulty acquiring mathematical…

What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, or DCD) is a developmental disorder which affects physical coordination. People with dyspraxia have poor fine and/or gross motor skills, compared to their general level of intelligence. This can be seen in tasks such as:- Handwriting and drawing…

What is being deaf or hard of hearing?

Hearing loss, being hard of hearing or deaf means a partial or total inability to hear. General signs of hearing loss can include:- Lack of response to noises for young children Difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say Asking people to repeat…

Babies and young children

If your child is not in an early years setting and you are worried about your child's development, the best person to speak to is your Health Visitor. Your GP will also be able to help. They can decide whether a child needs to be…

Resources - For staff and professionals

Some useful resources for staff and professionals. Click on the dropdown lists below.

Strategies & Resources

Here you'll find useful resources, helpful documents and websites aimed at providing advice and guidance to families, young people and professionals.

Resources - For young people

Some useful resources for young people.
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