New research has shone a light on a postcode lottery when parents are waiting for diagnosis for ADHD. Seriously impacting their educational progress and future. The research also pulls punches at statements made bu Amanda Speilman OFSTED's Chief Inspector that too many parents opt to have their child diagnosed as an excuse for inappropriate behaviour.
A parlimentary action group obtained a FOI response which showed some children in Somerset can get help within a month, while those in Cheshire and Wirral are kept waiting for two years, in spite of an 18-week target. In Barnsley, it can take up to 10 months to get a diagnosis for a child under 5, and two years and four months for a child aged 5 to 16.
Given that 5% of the population are estimated to have ADHD, there is under-medication.
ADHD is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) as a neuro-developmental disorder, just as autism is. It recommends prompt referral to a child mental health specialist. But Platt said the MPs had been inundated with stories from families whose children had not been given the help or support they needed. Some had ended up paying to see a doctor privately.
“Young people have been failed by the lack of support in school,” she said. As a mum herself, she was aware of somebody with problems at her children’s school. “After years and years, they were diagnosed with ADHD, but all their primary school life they were considered disruptive, naughty and withdrawn. The impact that must have on the child and the wider family is horrific.”