Sheffield ADHD Project
Improving the lives of families in Sheffield affected by ADHD
Our Sheffield ADHD Project is commissioned by Sheffield City Council and has been running in Sheffield for over 14 years. We support the families of children and young people diagnosed with ADHD by raising knowledge and awareness of the disorder, providing strategies for managing the symptoms associated with it and promoting the individuality and potential of those affected. Families must live in Sheffield to access our service.
We recognise that raising any child is difficult and at times stressful, but raising a child with ADHD can sometimes feel impossible. There is no magic wand or any easy solution, but it is possible to reduce the difficulties of managing ADHD and to find positives and strengths in the young people diagnosed.
Our two main services are post-diagnostic consultations and Managing ADHD groups for parents and carers. We also provide training and consultancy to schools and other practitioners delivering services to families in Sheffield.
Our post-diagnosis consultations offer families a chance to discuss their child’s diagnosis to ensure they fully understand it and to give basic advice. We also provide information on national and local sources of support.
Following this, parents/carers are invited to our Managing ADHD Groups: these provide ADHD-specific strategies on a different topic each week, such as behaviour, emotional regulation and sleep.
We are supported by the ADHD nurses from the Ryegate Centre in Sheffield who deliver a session on medication and the SSENDIAS service who provide information, advice and support on a range of matters relating to SEN and disabilities. The groups also give parents and carers the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and many parents report that they gain emotional support from the other participants.