Help with ADHD

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, they may often seem unusually restless, impulsive or distracted. They may speak or act without thinking, struggle with organisation, find it hard to focus or appear to be always on the go. Some people with ADHD do not experience hyperactivity though, and this is sometimes called attention deficit disorder (ADD).

ADHD is not a mental illness or a learning disability, though children and young people with ADHD may also have other conditions or experience mental health problems.

Living with ADHD can be very challenging, for your child as well as for you being their parents and carers.  The right diagnosis, treatment and support can make a big difference to your child’s learning, life skills and relationships, as well as making family life easier. There is also lots you can do as a parent/carer to help your child manage the things they find difficult.

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, there are different ways in which you can help to support them such as:

  • Be understanding
  • Set simple instructions
  • Set clear boundaries
  • Build a healthy routine
  • Help with organisation
  • Manage triggers

Children with ADHD are diagnosed and treated by Bolton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). NHS Bolton CCG, Bolton CAMHS and other partners such as Educational Psychology and Behaviour Support are currently reviewing the ADHD pathway. This page will contain the pathway and further information for parents and carers once agreed.


Articles & Guides

Parents A-Z Guide

A guide to support parents and carers with helping their child with ADHD

ADHD Parenting Tips

Tips for parents when helping their child with their ADHD

Parents survival guide

Ways in which parents/carers can help to support themselves

Getting help for your child

Ways in which parents/carers can get help for their child


ADHD – The questions parents want to ask

An ADHD parents’ support group as BBC Stories a range of questions about ADHD

Let’s talk about ADHD

The National Centre for Mental Health produce an animation about what it means to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


The ADHD Foundation have produced a guide on how you can understand and support your child with their ADHD.

Local information about services available to support your own mental health

Local information about services available to support your child’s mental health