Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

A Whole School Approach – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

In response to the new model for allocating resources to children with special needs, staff at St. Brigid’s are adopting a whole school approach to ADHD.

This approach will be informed by the excellent information available on the HADD Ireland website. Check HERE to see the practical tips for teachers on that page. Follow this link to the HADD Ireland website and you can download a very helpful resource full of great ideas for working with children with ADHD.

You can find the link by scrolling down the page to the second last link on the page and clicking on ‘Adhd and Education’. This download is described as ‘A Resource for Teachers that provides school staff with information about ADHD and strategies to aid teachers to help and manage children with ADD/ADHD in a busy and challenging classroom.’

Famous People with ADHD

It may be useful for your child to know about famous people who are successful and have ADHD. The list includes Michael Phelps (Olympic swimming gold medalist) Jamie Oliver, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Will Smith, Emma Watson, Justin Bieber and Will.i.am.

Developing and sustaining a child’s self esteem is very important.

The following is available in a number of places on the internet, so we cannot find the original source. Parents of students with ADHD may recognize these traits in their child.

25 Good Things About Attention Hyperactivity Disorder

1. Lots of energy

2. Willing to try things and take risks

3. Ready to talk, and can talk a lot

4. Gets along well with adults

5. Can do several things at one time

6. May be smart

7. Needs less sleep

8. Good sense of humour

9. Good at taking care of younger children

10. Spontaneous

11. Sees details other people miss

12. Understands what it is like to be teased or to be in trouble therefore understanding of other children

13. Can think of different and new ways to do things

14. Volunteers to help others

15. Happy and enthusiastic

16. Imaginative – creative

17. Articulate – can say things well

18. Sensitive – compassionate

19. Eager to make new friends

20. Courageous

21. Fun to be with

22. Great memory

23. Charming

24. Warm and loving

25. Cares a lot about families