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Living with a child diagnosed with ADHD

Read this page for recommended advice and support information.

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What can I do?

Who can help?

Financial support

What can I do?

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, there are lots of things you can do to help your child learn and develop normally.

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member's or friend's) healthcare.


If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Community support organisations

Read more.

Child, Adolescent & Family Service

If your child has moderate to severe ADHD your doctor may refer your child to Child, Adolescent & Family Service currently based at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Your child will be seen as an outpatient.

The service uses a team approach to diagnose and manage ADHD. Treatment and interventions may include:

Private specialists

Specialists you might need to see to help with your child's ADHD include:

Financial support

For information about funding that your GP might be able to use to reduce the cost of your health care, see Funding schemes at your general practice.

To find out about the disability allowance benefit, see Disability allowance for children.

On the next page: Medications for ADHD

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2016.

Page reference: 41137

Review key: HIADH-15144