Mum's Life With Disabled Children - Sloppy Ramblings In Real Time

Leanne Brown | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Leanne Brown

The last few days have been the hardest I think I have had for a long time. My brain feels like it's on auto pilot, it's on a non stop rollercoaster and I can't see the end. I am screaming on the inside while trying to look normal for my children, family and friends. So sorry but here is as good as it gets, my brain is fried, here are my ramblings.....

ADHD Superpower... Hyper Focus

Leanne Brown | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Leanne Brown

Sitting here listening to the steady beat of the raindrops outside I am transported to a place of quiet and relaxation and harmony. Hang on a minute i...

In The Year Of 'Clean Sleep', Parents Need To Question A Diagnosis Of ADHD

Diana Hill | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Parents
Diana Hill

Respected American writer Alan Schwarz, author of ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic, argues too that 'just because a child has a difficult time paying attention or sitting still in school does not mean they have a potentially lifelong brain disorder'.

10-Year-Old With Autism And ADHD Sails Through 'Faultless' Performance Of 'Hallelujah'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents

A 10-year-old girl with autism and ADHD sung an incredible rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, which has been heard by more than one mill...

Special Needs And The 'C' Word...

Michala Dominey | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Michala Dominey

When your bundles of joy enter the world, most people have a wonderful vision of what parenthood will be like -- how you'll capture every moment on camera, fill out every section of the baby's year book and spend Christmases savouring every beautiful moment.

How Do You Prove Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Whitney Iles | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Whitney Iles

A. You don't. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AHDH) is nothing more than a professional opinion, it is not a fact. Even in the "Diagnostic...

Celebrating The Diversity Of Human Brains In The Workplace

Andrew Sutherland | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Sutherland

Things may be set to change by default if we consider how the digital revolution has the potential to reshape utterly our familiar notions of work, production and value - and with it, our definitions of human competence.

Mental Health Care Is In Crisis And The Consequences Will Be Fatal

James Woods | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Woods

We need to talk about Mental Health but we also need the Government to address this very stark and real crisis that is unfolding in front of our eyes. A sticking plaster is not sufficient and it never will be.

Adult ADHD: Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment Explained

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is something we tend to associate with children. But the condition is lifelong and many adults will...

ADD....So What Now Mum?

Leanne Brown | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Parents
Leanne Brown

One thing I think is true of parents who raise children with special needs and disabilities is the constant effort to do what is best for your child and sometimes these decisions can upset the normal routines and daily life.


Vikki Hammond | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

thriving families.jpg Sometimes I look at my son and realise I could not live without him, despite the physical and mental pain I sometimes feel. I am blessed I am lucky to have an amazing courageous child like Kai.

Lessons in Mental Health

Fiona Smith | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.

Taking Paracetamol During Pregnancy: Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Parents

A new study has warned there is a high risk of babies developing behaviour problems if mums-to-be take paracetamol after 18 weeks of pregnancy. The s...

Number Of Kids With ADHD Treated With Medication 'Levelled Off'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents

The tendency to treat childhood ADHD with drugs has levelled off in the UK, following a steep rise over the past 20 years, research published in the B...

ADHD Is a Real Disability Not Just Childhood Immaturity

Alison Thompson | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Alison Thompson

Some parts of the media generally pounce on any opportunity to declaim ADHD as made up, or bad parenting, or a money-making invention of pharma companies. And every time a story like this breaks, it makes life for parents like me - parents of a child with ADHD - that little bit more difficult.

Let Me Out: How the Media Gave Matthew a Voice in the Mental Health Crisis

Robin Garnett | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Robin Garnett

While our campaign has been to get Matthew into an autism-specific in-patient unit, we have realized that a bigger issue is a total breakdown of the provision of appropriate care in the community for our most vulnerable young people. The solution is not in fact more units, but rather providing proper social care at a local level.

Adele Made The Dreams Of This 12-Year-Old With Autism Come True

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents

Adele made the dreams of a 12-year-old girl with autism come true during the northern leg of her latest tour. The singer invited Emily Tamman to join...

ADHD May Be 'Overdiagnosed' In Children Who Are Young In Their School Year

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents

Children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may just be "immature" compared to their school peers, a new study has suggest...

Make Room for Matthew: A Father Reports From the Mental Health Crisis Front Line

Robin Garnett | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Robin Garnett

The past five months have been a living hell for our family. Or perhaps limbo is a better term. Since September 4th last year, my 15-year-old son has...

Let's Bring Radical Change to Children and Young People's Mental Health

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Parents
Cynthia Joyce

We simply don't know enough about the big questions in young people's mental health. Like, what can parent or schools do to help young people in crisis? What are the most effective ways to help? What are the factors causing mental health conditions in young people? And importantly, can we prevent these issues from happening?

Are the Kids Really Going Mad?

Dave Clements | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

"That's mad!" I thought as I read Future in Mind, a report published by the Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce. Set up ...

Critically Ill Teenager Finds Out He's Going To Disneyland, Internet Weeps With Joy

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

The beautiful moment a critically ill teenager found out he was going to Disneyland Paris has won the hearts of thousands on Facebook. 14-year-old...

12 Things People With ADHD Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be hard enough, without having people not understand the condition. A new video fr...

The One With the Little Victories

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Parents
Georgy Jamieson

His school report was warm, genuine and full of love. No he's not top of the class but he's gaining confidence everyday. It was a joy to read a report on the boy from people who actually know him and haven't just come to observe him, then think they can tell me all about him after half an hour.

Can't Help Won't - Pathological Demand Avoidance SyndromeΩ

Neil Ayres | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents
Neil Ayres

A complex syndrome on the autism spectrum is receiving increasing attention from researchers and educators - those with the condition and their families hope that front-line clinicians won't be far behind.