Press attention for ADHD Connections
Congratulations to Zoe Piper for helping to raise awareness about the challenges of supporting a child with ADHD. Thanks to recent articles published in the Western Mail, Echo and Wales Online, the good work of ADHD Connections is reaching out to more people.
One article provides information in partnership with the National Centre for Mental Health which is conducting a large study of ADHD. Prof Thapar from NCMH said,
Through their research they have established ADHD has a lot in common with autism; genes contribute, and the brains of children with the condition develop differently from those of other children.
“We know there is a genetic basis to the condition, but there is no single ‘ADHD gene’. We also know that environmental factors play a role.
“However, there is still a lot for us to learn and that’s why we’d like to invite as many children as possible to take part in our research.
“If we want to dispel stigma and blame then we need high-quality scientific evidence to improve public understanding of ADHD and inform better practice.”
Another article explains the fight to secure the right support for Zoe’s son Dylan, and talks about how important the work of ADHD Connections is for the 350 families who it supports.
Talking of how she first started the support group, Zoe said,
“I knew it couldn’t just be us that felt so isolated, so I set up a Facebook group for parents to speak freely without feeling embarrassed or fear of being judged.
“I spoke to so many people in the same situation as us, and realised that we needed to go beyond being a purely online support group.
“We organised a day out for 20 families and it was truly amazing. For the first time ever I felt relaxed when we were out, I wasn’t worried about Dylan’s behaviour because we knew the other parents would understand, and the other families felt the same.”