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About ADHD & Autism

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental condition that can present with inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. 

People with ADHD may have above-average intelligence, yet might appear “very dreamy” (unable to pay attention) or “always on the go” (hyperactive).

There is a pervasive stereotype that ADHD = naughty. We’re passionate about spreading the truth – that people affected by ADHD have a neurological condition which affects their brain chemistry and that they are so much more than a label.

What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neuro-developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. It affects 4 key areas: social communication, social interaction, social imagination and sensory processing.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.

With the right understanding and the right support, people with ADHD and/or Autism can and do go on to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.

Below we have summarised some useful websites, videos and books to help you find out more about these complex neurological conditions. There are lots of local groups and national bodies that you can contact to find additional support. These include benefits you or your family members may potentially be eligible for. To see a list of support and groups, please visit our additional support page.

Useful Websites

National Autistic Society


NHS – Autism

Ambitious About Autism

Autism Education Trust 

ADHD Foundation



YouTube Videos

My Autism and Me: Rose CBBC 

Autism and Me: Rory Hoy 

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Further Reading

Attwood, T. (2008) The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley

Haddon, M. (2004) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. London: Red Fox Definitions

Whitaker, P. The National Autistic Society (2001) Challenging Behaviour and Autism: Making Sense, Making Progress – A guide to preventing and managing challenging behaviour for parents and children

The National Autistic Society (2003) Visual Supports. London: The National Autistic Society

Lipsky, D. and Richards, W. (2009) Managing Meltdowns: Using the S.C.A.R.E.D Calming Technique with Children and Adults with Autism: Jessica Kingsley

Miller, Linda (2009) Practical Behaviour Management Solutions for Children and Teens with Autism: The 5P Approach. London: Jesssica Kingsley

Muggleton, Joshua. Raising Martians – From Crash-Landing to Leaving Home: How to Help a Child with Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism London: Jessica Kingsley

Wilkes, K. (2005) The Sensory World of the Autism Spectrum: A Greater Understanding. London: The National Autistic Society

Woodcock, L. and Page, A (2009) Managing Family Meltdown: The Low Arousal Approach and Autism Jessica Kingsley

Yapko, Diane (2003) Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Frequently Asked Questions


ADHD: Further Reading

Barkley, R. (2000) Taking Charge of ADHD. The Guildford Press, New York

Green, C. (MD) (2005) Understanding ADHD: A Parent’s Guide Ebury Publishing, Random House, UK

Honos-Webb, L. (PhD) (2005) The Gift of ADHD: How To Transform Your Child’s Problems Into Strengths New Harbinger, Oakland, CA, USA

Kutscher, M. (MD) (2008) Living without Breaks Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

Kutscher, M. (2007) ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourettes, Bipolar and more, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

O’Regan, F. (2007) How to Teach and Manage Children with ADHD Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

Pentecost, D. (2000) Parenting the ADD Child, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

Munden, A. and Arcelus, J. (1999) The ADHD Handbook Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

Practical Recommended Resources to Support Your Child

Huebner, D. (2008) When My Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger (Magination Press, USA)  

Altiero, J. (2007) No More Stinking Thinking: A Workbook for Teaching Children Positive Thinking Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London

Jaffe A. and Gardner L. (2006) My Book Full of Feelings Autism, Asperger Publishing Co. USA

Dunn Buron, K. (2006) When My Worries Get Too Big, Autism, Asperger Publishing Co. USA

Attwood T., Callesen K., Mollner­-Nielsen (2008) The CAT-Kit

Stallard, P. (2003) Think Good ­ Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Children and Young People J. Wiley and Sons Ltd, London

Dunn Buron, K. & Curtis, M. (2003) The Incredible 5­-Point Scale

Gray, C. (2002) My Social Stories Book Amazon (see also Carol Gray website The Gray Center)

Nemiroff, M. & Annunziata, J. Help Is On The Way: A Child’s Book About ADD

Whitehouse, E. & Pudney, W. (2009) A Volcano in my Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger Amazon

(See and for even more practical resources)