Promoting Person-Centred Services

Understanding ADHD and Developing Practical Ways to Support Children with Behaviour and Communication

This one day course will provide participants with clear information about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other related conditions. We will explain diagnosis and treatment and explore some of the difficulties children with ADHD may experience in communication and managing behaviour. Our key aim will be to encourage participants to develop approaches and strategies likely to help a child to manage symptoms and to optimise engagement, aspiration and fulfilment by recognizing and playing to the child’s strengths. The course will be interactive throughout and participants will have the opportunity to develop practical interpersonal communication skills and confidence in their own ability to respond positively and supportively when dealing with children whose behaviours are experienced by others as challenging and difficult.


  • To understand the difficulties often experienced by children diagnosed as having ADHD
  • To develop person-centred approaches and strategies to enable children to manage symptoms in order to cope effectively with their environment and the expectations of others

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • understand how a diagnosis of ADHD may be arrived at
  • recognize different types of ADHD
  • understand the ways ADHD might affect a child’s skills and abilities
  • identify other conditions related to ADHD
  • be aware of treatment options
  • develop approaches and strategies for supporting children with ADHD
  • identify organisations providing support and resources
  • develop appropriate practical interpersonal communication skills


  • Domestics, aims and learning outcomes, groundrules, introductions
  • Factors affecting engagement, concentration and focus
  • History of ADHD
  • Basic definitions, indicators and diagnosis
  • Prevalence
  • Other related conditions
  • Likely social, communication and learning difficulties
  • Therapy and medication
  • Enabling support strategies
  • Sources of information and advice
  • Cause for concern? Exercise
  • Case study
  • Practical exercises to develop more confident practical communication skills


Who is it for?

Teachers, Learning Support Workers, Early Years Practitioners, Sports and Leisure staff, Health Centre managers and employees, Community Support Workers, Volunteers, Parents and other family members – Anyone keen to develop a basic understanding of ADHD

For further information please contact:

Tina Thordal - 07815 064710 or email

Bill Horrocks – 07929 035297 or email