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Transitions to Secondary Schools in Peterborough for Children with ADHD

Although challenging to most children, the core symptoms of ADHD (Inattention, distractibility and impulsivity) can make moving up from Primary School to Secondary School a particularly demanding time.

Tasks that typically prove difficult to children with ADHD when they start secondary school may include:

  • Understanding a new timetable and learning the way round a new school
  • Noting down the homework accurately and completing the homework
  • Making new friends
  • General increased reliance on personal organisational skills.

The pdf below 'Transitions to secondary schools' gives you hints tip and guidance that will help you during the transition.

Transitions to secondary schools

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What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people.  If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'.  Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a fulfilling life of their own choosing.

Every child is unique, so any description needs to be taken as a general guide. However, all children diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder will show difficulties in three main areas referred to as the ‘triad of impairment’. These are:

Social communication

Children with autism can have difficulty understanding why they need to communicate. They may not be able to identify their own needs or communicate them to others. Some children with autism never develop spoken language or speech may develop much later than expected. Some children develop echolalia – repeating words they have heard that have little meaning. Other children may have good spoken language skills, but may still find it difficult to understand the two-way nature of conversation.

Non-verbal communication is also impaired, causing difficulty in understanding simple gestures such as nodding and shaking the head. Many children have a very literal understanding of language and think that people always mean exactly what they say. For example, the verbal prompt; Wash your hands in the toilet’ may lead the child to attempt to wash her hands in the toilet bowl. Open ended questions can also be challenging, as there are endless possible answers.

Social interaction

Children with autism have difficulty understanding how to interact with other people, including recognising and understanding other people’s feelings and expressing their own. They may not understand the unwritten social rules that other children naturally develop, for example, they may stand too close to other children, touch inappropriately or disrupt other children’s play. Some children play alone, rarely seeking the company of others.

Difficulties with social interaction mean that children with autism often find it hard to form friendships. Some may want to interact with others and make friends, but not know how to do so.

 Social imagination

Children with autism will often have difficulty playing imaginatively with toys or with other children and adults. They have a limited range of imaginative play and sometimes copy actions and words from something they have seen eg on the television. They may tend to focus on the parts of an object rather than the whole thing, for example, spinning the wheels of a car rather than pushing it.

Difficulties in this area also mean that children cannot predict what will happen next, for example remembering that when a parent goes out, they come back again.

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New autism service for young people

A new autism spectrum disorder service for young people is due to start in the autumn. This will be run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust who will provide an assessment and intervention service for young people aged 12 - 18 years old. 

In addition, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has also confirmed a new Child and adolescent mental health 17 service for young people between child and adult services. Adult mental health services officially start at 17, but as part of improvements to increase the support available, some young people will be able to continue with children’s services until they are 18.

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Peterborough Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS)

The Peterborough Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS) is an integrated multi-agency/multi-disciplinary service for school aged children and young people (aged 5-17 years) with diagnosed or suspected ADHD or autism and youngsters (5-18 years) with a diagnosed learning disability.  The service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

The team is made up of consultant psychiatrists, consultant paediatricians, clinical psychologists, nurses, support workers and assistant psychologists.

More information on the service can be found on the CPFT website.

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Multi-agency autism strategy group

We have established a multi-agency autism strategy group and developed an autism commissioning strategy to provide a framework within which to improve service and support for children, young people and adults with autism.

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Autism Specialist Teacher Service (ASTS)

The Autism Specialist Teacher Service (ASTS) is a school based service and works with children and young people who have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD).  More details can be found in our online database.

A parent/carer consultation service operates on the second Monday of the month (appointments need to be pre- booked by telephoning 01733 863689.

Age range: 4 years - 19 years.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Specialist Teacher Service

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Specialist Teacher Service is a school based service that works with children and young people who have received a diagnosis of an ADHD.  More details can be found in our online database 

The ADHD Specialist Teacher Service is a peripatetic service and works term time only, on the second Tuesday of the month

Age range: 4 years - 19 years

Contact; Jill Groutage

Claire Nunn  

Children’s Services,
Bayard Place,
Peterborough, PE1 1FB

Telephone   01733 864009

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Have your say

We want to make sure that Peterborough's Local Offer continues to develop to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families To let us know your views please fill in our online feedback form.

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