Optimising potential when you have ADHD/ADD or think you might

Delivered by our Specialist Occupational Therapist

Many individuals who suspect, self-identify or have a diagnosis of Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attentional Deficit Disorder, find that the commonly described challenges and traits fit with their life time experiences. Whilst being neurodiverse results in a unique set of strengths and skills, many aspects of everyday life can be challenging. This results in increased levels of experienced stress, mental health difficulties and relationship issues.

If there are aspects of everyday life that you are struggling with, our Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT), Lisa Paxman can work collaboratively with you to better understand your unique strengths and challenges. Empowering and coaching you towards achieving your potential through a neurodiversity-affirmative approach.

The initial appointment(s) with our Occupational Therapist (OT) aim(s) to:

  • Identify strengths (what makes events or activities successful for you)
  • Develop an understanding of why some things are challenging, (use of Occupational Self-Assessment (OSA) to support)
  • Identify and understand sensory differences, preferences, and the links to everyday life, through use of specific assessment tools and questionnaires
  • Support you to determine your goals and develop a bespoke plan to attain these

Programme content outline:

  • Based on common ADHD/ADD challenges
  • Provides information on how OT can help (skills development/practical strategies)
  • To be personalised from the topic ideas and identified plan

Topic 1 – Understand your responses to sensory experiences and emotional regulation:

  • Your sensory profile
  • Understanding how the sensory systems work
  • Sensory strategies – understanding the link to emotional states and self-regulation

Topic 2 – Feel well, function well

  • Developing personal habits
    • Sleeping
    • Healthy eating and routines
    • Exercise

Topic 3 – Attention and organisation

  • Role of rewards and stimulating tasks
  • Planning, timing and developing systems
  • Organising your environment – tackling external distractions
  • Internal distractions
  • Managing transitions

Topic 3 – Attention and memory

  • Supporting the storage process – systems/keeping track
  • Knowing your personal vulnerabilities
  • How to manage overload and sense of being overwhelmed

Topic 4 – Thinking before doing/managing impulsivity

  • Recognising unhealthy habits
  • Impulsive critical moments
  • Learning to use the pause button – developing a personalised plan

Topic 5 – Learning better habits

  • Environmental structures
  • Forming and establishing new habits