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What is Neurodiversity?

Most people are neurotypical, meaning that the brain functions and processes information in the way society expects. However, it is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently.

The term neurodivergent usually refers to the range of neurological differences including:

  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) also referred to as Dyspraxia
  • Specific Learning Differences  e.g Dyslexia, Dyscalculia

Click here for an Easy Read Guide on Neurodiversity. https://portsmouthlocaloffer.org/documents/neurodiversity-easy-read-document/ 

In Portsmouth city we have developed a Neuro Diversity strategy.

To read the full strategy CLICK HERE

To download the Easy Read version of the strategy CLICK HERE

NEURODIVERSITY CELEBRATION WEEK MARCH 21-27th 2022

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.

 

Services and support in Portsmouth and the Local Area

Services in Portsmouth that can provide support for Autistic children and young people and their families

Autism Hampshire – For adults, young people and children on the autism spectrum, and their parents, carers and professionals. Lines are open: Mon to Thurs 09:00 – 17:00 and Fri 09:00 T: 02380 766162. E: information.advice@autismhampshire.org.uk  Autism Hampshire Website

Portsmouth Autism Assessment ServiceOverview – Portsmouth Autism Assessment Service (Cdc) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Enable Ability Autism Support – Call 02393 671846  autism@enableability.org.uk

Hampshire Autism Support Services for Adults Hampshire Autism Service for Adults > Portsmouth Local Offer

Services in Portsmouth that can provide support for people with ADHD

Hampshire Autism Support Services for Adults Hampshire Autism Service for Adults > Portsmouth Local Offer

Autism

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong neurological disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.

Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses

Autistic people may have difficulties with the following:

  • find it hard to communicate and interact with other people
  • find it hard to understand how other people think or feel
  • find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable
  • get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events
  • take longer to understand information
  • do or think the same things over and over

Autism is not an illness

Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease. It means your brain works in a different way from other people.

It’s something you’re born with or first appears when you’re very young.

If you’re autistic, you’re autistic your whole life.

Autism is not a medical condition with treatments or a “cure”. But some people need support to help them with certain things.

Click here to find more information about Autism from the NHS.

Services in Portsmouth that can provide support for Autistic children and young people and their families

Autism Hampshire – For adults, young people and children on the autism spectrum, and their parents, carers and professionals. Lines are open: Mon to Thurs 09:00 – 17:00 and Fri 09:00 T: 02380 766162. E: information.advice@autismhampshire.org.uk  Autism Hampshire Website

Portsmouth Autism Assessment ServiceOverview – Portsmouth Autism Assessment Service (Cdc) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Enable Ability Autism Support – Call 02393 671846  autism@enableability.org.uk

Hampshire Autism Support Services for Adults Hampshire Autism Service for Adults > Portsmouth Local Offer

 

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD)

ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder), also sometimes referred to as ADD, is a neurological condition that many children, young people and adults have.

It is something which lasts a lifetime, although by adulthood many people have learnt how to live happy, successful lives with their ADHD. For lots of people having ADHD has been a real strength that has helped them to succeed in their careers and life.

Some of the main characteristics of ADHD are:

  • Hyperactivity (having lots of energy and needing to fidgit/move about lots)
  • Impulsivity ( not being able to self regulate or control thoughts, feelings or actions)
  • Inattention ( difficulty remembering information and concentrating)

Someone with ADHD might also…

  • Forget things
  • Talk too much
  • Take unnecessary risks
  • Daydream a lot
  • Interrupt others
  • Find taking turns difficult.
  • Easily lose things
  • Struggle to organise themselves

How to get support if you think your child or young person may have ADHD

Initially speak to your child’s school or to the GP.  An information pack will then be sent to school, who will complete this with yourself and your child. Once completed this will be sent to CAMHS who will then telephone you for an initial consultation.

Solent Children therapy advice line –

If you are between 18-25 years you can contact the adult ADHD service. Further information can be seen in the link below.

ASD and ADHD Service: Hampshire :: Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (sabp.nhs.uk)

Portsmouth's Neurodiversity Project.

Nearly all children/young people with neurodevelopmental differences will experience some difficulty with their needs due to stereotyping of symptoms and a long waiting list for an NHS CAMHS appointment. The Neurodiversity approach aims to solve these three issues via an individualised approach that moves away from common labels like Autism and ADHD while implementing early interventions which are specific for the child/young person in question. This approach also wants to support 2 other types of children/young people. Those who may not show obvious neurodevelopmental symptoms and those children who may not reach the threshold/cut off point for a neurodevelopmental diagnosis.

To support these children, the research team has produced a detailed manual which uses a child development profile to create an individualised treatment plan. This profile is separated via 9 distinct sub-sections which include:

  • Attention and Impulse Control
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Energy
  • Motor Skills
  • Speech and Language
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Systemising vs Empathising
  • Sensory

This profile will help inform people of where the child/young person strengths and difficulties are and will direct everyone to appropriate support techniques and adjustments recommended in the resource section. This is intended to be an additional step in the already established Neuro Development Pathway in Portsmouth NHS CAMHS.

Currently, the research team is conducting a pilot study on the use of this approach to see if it is practical and useful for Carer(s)/Parent(s), Children/young people and professionals. This research pilot will provide vital information to the team on areas where the approach can be improved, and if possible if Portsmouth NHS CAMHS can adopt the approach.

Neurodiversity Resource Pack.

As Part of the project the team behind the project have pulled together a resource pack.

Click here to read the latest update from the Neurodiversity Pathway Team

The Neurodiversity (ND) Profiling Tool

Children and young people who are showing signs of neuro-developmental needs can now access a new tool which can help identify what support a child or young person may need.

The Neurodiversity (ND) Profiling Tool is the first step in identifying neurodiversity within children and young people aged 0-19. It has been piloted with 50 families in Portsmouth from March 2021 to April 2022 and has now been approved for use across the city.

What is the ND Profiling Tool?

The ND Profiling Tool is a visual document that assesses nine developmental strands of a child or young person aged 0-19. This includes speech and language, energy levels, attention skills, emotion regulation, sensory levels, flexibility and adaptability, and empathy.

It provides a holistic view of a child or young person’s needs and suggests types of strategies that can be put in place to help manage those needs in different areas of a life, such as at home, at their Early Years setting, school or college, and in the community.

The process of completing the profile is done with the family, and not for or to the family.

To find out more about the Neurodiversity Profiling tool Click here

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