If you are the parent or carer of a child who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD- then you’ll find lots to interest you at the first ADHD Inspiration Day in Swindon in October.
Aimed at inspiring parents to support their children to reach their full potential, the event will provide advice on Special Education Needs provision, nutrition, parenting strategies, therapies and lots more.
The event is organised by Alison Thompson, an author, speaker, coach and parent of a young man with the condition.
Alison says: “Parenting a child with any disability is a massive challenge and it can feel like there’s very little support out there. Through this ADHD Inspiration Day, I want to give parents and carers strategies and advice that will help them help their kids, and the opportunity to meet other families and make new friends.”
The event will include a number of workshops on topics as diverse as neuro feedback, meditation and sleep management, and the expert speakers include Andrea Bilbow OBE, founder of the UK’s only national ADHD charity ADDISS and President of ADHD Europe.
ADHD affects around 5% of children (about 600,000 kids in the UK alone) but the effects are felt not only by the child but by their family, school and the wider community.
However, children with ADHD can thrive with the right support and motivation. You only have to look at the Commonwealth Games gold medal winners Louis Smith and Ashley McKenzie to see that.
But for families with a child with ADHD life is incredibly difficult and the statistics make for grim reading. ADHD kids are 80% more likely to be excluded from school and adolescents four times as likely to crash a car than their neuro-typical peers, and in the adult prison population, 30% of male prisoners have a history of (often undiagnosed and untreated) childhood ADHD.
Alison says: “I have a son with ADHD and I understand the challenges it poses. I’m an author and speaker on the subject, and a parent coach, and I am passionate about supporting other parents on the ADHD journey.”
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Lydiard House Conference Centre, Swindon on Saturday 25 October, are just £50 and include four speakers, four workshops and a two course buffet lunch.
To book your ticket or for more information please visit www.adhdkids.org.uk/adhd-events
Alison is also looking for sponsorship for the event to enable her to release a number of bursary tickets.
You can find out more about the event at www.adhdkids.org.uk/adhd-events.