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Relax Kids Session near Inverurie

18 March 2-3pm for children 6-10 years.

For more information contact  Tel 07913 326816

Shared Lives 

Autumn Newsletter is available to view


Three events in March 2017 (Barnet, Isle of Sheppey, Yeovil)

See the ADDIDD website for information

Commencement of Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013

The newsletter below contains some interesting information about the new Self-Directed Support Legislation

Self-Directed Support in Aberdeenshire - Issue 9

The new edition of the DSM-1V has arrived

This new fifth edition, DSM-5 covers the whole of psychiatry for adults and children and heralds some changes for ADHS specifically.

For more information:

Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders
Fifth Edition
DSM - 5

What are the experiences of adults with ADHD?

A study interviewed thirty adults in depth about their experiences of getting a diagnosis, treatment as well as therapies and day to day living.

Recent research found that adults with ADHD may experience a range of difficulties when trying to access care and support in the UK. They also conclude that there needs to be greater awareness of adult ADHD.

The full study can be found at

How do adolescents with ADHD see their needs as they move beyond paediatric and CAMH (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) services?

This study aimed to investigate attitudes towards current service provision as well as finding out about how young people viewed their current and future needs.

Research studies which have considered how adolescents have used services demonstrated a general decline in engagement and involvement with their treatment as they get older.

McCarthy et al. (2009) found that by the age of 21, 95% of the participants had stopped taking their medication but felt this was unlikely to reflect an improvement in how the young person was coping with their difficulties. Intervention for ADHD may therefore prematurely come to an end for many who still require support as young adults.

Further information on this study can be obtained from the ADDISS office
Tel 020 8952 1515

ADDUCE STUDY (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs Use Chronic Effects)

A new study has begun to investigate any unwanted side effects of methylphenidate (e.g. Ritalin) in children with ADHD. Until now there has not been study designed specifically to investigate any unwanted side effects of methylphenidate in children with ADHD. The study will be coordinated in Dundee and is taking place across Europe. The results should be available in 2016. You can find out more information about the study on their website

(ADDISS magazine Issue No: 20)


A new smart phone app to help people with ADHD plan their day was recently made availabe on iTunes. The app, which can be used on iPhones and iPads was designed to assist people affected by ADHD. It was developed by Janssen, a pharmaceutical company, in consultation with Professor Amanda Kirby from the Dyscovery Centre University of Wales, Newport and is designed to provide assistance with day to day organisation. "Sorted: The daily organiser" helps users to complete their tasks and includes a function to motivate them to complete tasks. Users receive daily alerts and task lists can also be linked to an email.

"Sorted" follows "How's today been?" another Janssen ADHD app, designed to help parents and carers track the day of a child with ADHD.

(ADDISS 2012)

New Guidance on School Exclusions

In March 2011 the Scottish Government published new national guidance; Included, engaged and involved Part 2: a positive approach to managing school exclusions.

The overarching aim is to support whole school communities, learning establishments and their partners to keep all children fully included in their education, wherever it takes place.

A copy of the guidance can be downloaded from their website at

A Guide for Parents about School Attendance

April 2010

This booklet describes important aspects of the support your child is entitled to if school attendance is a problem.

Visit the website for more information

Out of site, out of mind?

An overview of provision for children and young people with behavioural needs in local authority bases and special schools with examples of emerging good practice.

This is one of a series of reports following up on issues identified in the report, Better Behaviour, Better Learning.

For more information visit

Educational Psychology in Scotland: making a difference

An aspect report of the findings of inspections of Local Authority Educational Psychology Services from 2006 to 2010.

For more information visit HM inspectorate of Education's website

Supporting Learners - Additional Support for Learning and Curriculum for Excellence

The Scottish Government are organising two free events for parents on the recent changes to policies and legislation which support children and young people. The aim of the events is to enable parents to get information about the changes to the Additional Support for Learning Act, their rights and sources of information.

2 March 2011 6.30pm - 8.30pm Mile End School 141 Mid Stocket Road Aberdeen

For further details and to reserve a place please e-mail Hannah Goodrum, call 01312222431 or visit the Children in Scotland website.

Bullying...What Can I Do?

(Feb 2011)

This new resource offers practical advice and guidance to children and young people who are being bullied. It is designed to give them the confidence to consider options and to make informed choices when experiencing being bullied. It is aimed at 12 to 18 year olds and was developed by Childline.

See Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights or visit Childline


Education has seen many changes for schools during the past year with the Curriculum for Excellence and preparation for the new duties arising from the Education (Additional Support for Learning)(Scotland) Act 2009 and the Equality Act 2010.

Curriculum for Excellence

The Curriculum for Excellence aims to raise the standard of learning and teaching for children from the ages of 3 to 18 and equip pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to meet the challenges they may face upon leaving school. The focus of the Curriculum for Excellence is support for children and recognises that some children, for a variety of reasons may need additional targeted support. It aims to ensure that the education system has the flexibility to meet the learning and support needs of each individual child.

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009

This Act was amended in June 2009 with the changes being ratified on 14 November 2010 and follows on from the previous Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act of 2004. The new Act does not change the basic purpose of the 2004 Act and aims to strengthen and clarify certain parts.

Some of the changes include:

  • Children who are looked after by a local authority will now automatically be assumed to have additional support needs (unless they are assessed and found not to have additional support needs).
  • The term "support" now includes help that is given not only in school but also in other places in order to help a child make the most of their school education.
  • If a child has additional support needs parents may now ask their local authority for a specific type of assessment at any time. In the past parents were only able to ask the authority to identify whether their child had additional support needs or required a coordinated support plan.
  • Local Authorities must publish information where parents and carers can find information, advice and support.
  • Local Authorities have a responsibility to assess young disabled children (generally aged from birth to 3 years) and provide additional support if required, in agreement with their parents.
  • The parents of children with additional support needs can make placing requests to any local authority run school or independent special school in Scotland and this includes schools outside of the local authority in which they live.
  • The reasons that a parent or young person can make a referral to the Additional Support Needs tribunal have been extended.

Equality Act 2010

This Act aims to provide a simple, single legal framework to address disadvantage and discrimination. Schools and local authorities havea responsibility to ensure they are not discriminating against pupils who attend, or who are about to attend, a school.

More information on these Acts can be found at the following:

Parentzone at

This information has been obtained from ENQUIRE (The Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning)




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