Private Tutors for ADHD
ADHD affects approximately 2.6 million people in the United Kingdom, or around 4% of the population. Simply Learning Tuition provides one-to-one support through a team of highly experienced tutors, mentors, and SpLD qualified practitioners for children with ADHD. With our support your child will strengthen their learning abilities and develop greater self-confidence in their education.
For parents of a child with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as ADHD, navigating the educational journey can be particularly daunting. Keeping up with peers, managing relationships with school and indeed choosing the right school in the first place become more complex. However, with the correct support, your child’s strengths and talents can truly shine and their full potential be unlocked.
What is ADHD?
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition. This means it affects the way a child’s brain works and develops; impacting on their behaviour and how they experience the world around them. The ADHD Foundation defines ADHD as ‘a lifespan condition that impacts upon people to varying degrees throughout their lives.’ It tends to be diagnosed in early childhood, and typically becomes more evident when a child begins school. Around one in twenty young people have ADHD.
Common Signs of ADHD
Students with ADHD often have difficulty in focusing their attention and controlling their behaviour. They usually cannot concentrate for very long, and may do or say things without thinking of the consequences. Children with ADHD also have many strengths, including particular aptitude in their resilience, creativity and conversational skills. Another key strength of ADHD is seemingly abundant energy and the ability to hyperfocus. Hyper-focusing refers to a state of heightened concentration and intense focus, usually when a child is engaged in one particular activity, task or interest they especially enjoy (such as their special interest). There are three core symptoms of ADHD which signify the condition: hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.
Children with ADHD may have some or all of the following characteristics to varying degrees:
- Hyperactivity: e.g., abundant energy, restlessness, inability to concentrate
- Impulsivity: e.g., excessive talking, interrupting conversations, difficulty with taking turns
- Inattention: e.g., lack of attention to detail, easily distracted, changing activities constantly
What are the key challenges faced by students with ADHD?
Students with ADHD primarily tend to struggle with their attentiveness and/or hyperactivity and impulsiveness. For approximately two-thirds of students, the condition co-occurs with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. As such, they can find school frustrating and difficult. If they struggle at school, children with ADHD can find their self-esteem is affected. This is heightened by the common misconception that ADHD signifies rudeness or laziness. It does not. It can be disheartening for the child when they are misunderstood, and even more so if they fall behind their peers in school. As such, children with ADHD may perceive their condition as an alienating factor, and develop negative attitudes and disengagement in class. Disorganisation and underachievement at school, and problems with discipline may comprise other key challenges for children with ADHD. If undiagnosed or unrecognised, these symptoms can be misinterpreted as poor social behaviour.
There are some apps and online resources which can be beneficial for students with ADHD. For example, Focusmate – an online study forum where people can work together to improve focus. Studies have shown that students with ADHD are more likely to experience poor mental health, including feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. However, there are many resources available, such as Young Minds, with advice tailored specifically for students with ADHD. Please remember there is always someone to listen.
How Simply Learning Tuition Can Help
Simply Learning Tuition wants to help you find the best support for your child. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter what educational challenges they face. If your child has ADHD, it is highly likely that they will benefit from the support of a highly experienced SpLD private tutor. We introduce the highest calibre of private tutors for ADHD, who have the experience and expertise to help your child develop their skills and flourish.
Additionally, we have a network of additional support available from educational psychologists, executive function coaches and other SpLD specialists, to give parents a multifaceted program of support that will enhance their child’s confidence, happiness and academic progress. We also provide mentoring for one-to-one support and empowerment. These trained mentors offer close support in a pastoral sense, beyond their core qualifications in academic tutoring.
We have seen first-hand how frustrating it can be for children who learn in a different way to their peers, and how rewarding it can be when challenges are overcome. As seen in one of our SpLD case studies, a suitably qualified and experienced private tutor can make the world of difference. To discuss your child’s requirements, please contact us today.
Private Tutors for ADHD
Simply Learning Tuition provides specialist tuition for students with ADHD. Each of the tutors approaches learning in a way that is fun and tailored to each child. They will help to enhance your child’s education by creating a safe, non-judgemental environment that will improve confidence and results and rekindle a love of learning.
Alexa tutors students for entrance exams from 7+ to 13+. She also prepares students for interviews and scholarship applications.
Amy is a qualified teacher and specialises in English tuition. She also tutors Maths and prepares students for the 7+ and 11+ entrance exams.
Annabel specialises in working with children with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, focusing mainly on maths and English.
Daniela is an experienced teacher who tutors English Language and English Literature GCSE. She has experience with SEN students.
Dora specialises in 11+ and 13+ preparation and interview practice. She also has extensive experience tutoring students with SEN.
Emma is an experienced prep school teacher, who specialises in preparing students of 7+ and 11+.
Ewan is a qualified teacher, who specialises in Maths and Physics tuition up to ALevel. He can also support with biology and Chemistry up to GCSE, and has supported students for 13+ Exam Preparation.
Georgia is currently completing a PhD and specialises in Sociology, Geography, Anthropology and general study skills.
James specialises in Science tuition, along with Geography and Art. He has particular experience preparing students for 13+ exams.
James, a former English teacher at an independent school, specialises in Literature and English as a Foreign Language tuition.
Jenny is an SEN specialist who has a huge range of home schooling experience and supports with English, Maths, Geography, History and Science.
Kathryn specialises in English and Maths tuition, along with supporting students to organise their ideas and teaching study skills.
Leon specialises in English tuition and is an Entrance Exam specialist, teaching from 7+ through to 13+. Leon also teaches essay-based subjects such as History, Geography and Social Sciences.
Mariam is a qualified Primary school teacher and specialises in English, Maths and Entrance exams at 7+, 8+ and 11+. She is also a specialist SEN Tutor.
Rebecca is a qualified teacher who specialises in Mathematics and English tuition. She prides herself on making sure her students master the basics so they have a good foundation to build upon.
Rosemary is a multidisciplinary tutor, who specialises in SEN support. She also teaches English, Geography, History, 7+, 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams.
Ross specialises in SAT and ACT Preparation, along with Ivy League College Applications.
Sarah tutors Key Stage 1 and 2 Maths and English, and also Art. She teaches in a creative way, building confidence as well as ability and has a huge amount of SEN experience.
Shona is a qualified teacher. She specialises in teaching English and maths, including for competitive 11+ examinations.
“Russell is an intelligent, thoughtful and impressive young man. He has encountered some resistance from our son but is working through ways to deal with him and get to know him. We are impressed with his kind and gentle approach, through which he is starting to make some early progress”.
Mrs. C, Specific Learning Difficulties Mentoring
"Our tutor Laura is lovely and clearly holds the interests of SEN pupils to heart. She shows great fortitude and availability and plans her lessons insightfully."
Mrs. K, Year 7 Specific Learning Difficulties Tuition
Frequently Asked Questions
ADHD is a very common condition. ADHD UK estimates that around 2.6 million people in the UK have ADHD, comprising approximately 708,000 children and 1.9m adults. Predominantly, the condition is typically diagnosed before a child is 12 years old, though some children are diagnosed after this age -- some adults are diagnosed with the condition too.
For the majority of ADHD students, their academic ability is no issue at all. However, aspects of school such as examinations, and the rigidity and focus required in classrooms, can prove a detriment to their overall academic performance. Additionally, the majority of ADHD students have co-occurring conditions such as dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. It is important that ADHD students receive the correct support to better their performance in school and in their exams. If needed, a private tutor can, over time, work solely with your child on their academic progress, exam techniques and study skills.
The NHS has advice for parents of children with ADHD, covering areas such as eating well and limiting caffeine intake, enjoying plenty of exercise, and the benefits of setting a daily routine. A routine is highly recommended by the ADHD Foundation, as it can help to 'establish boundaries, reduce anxieties, assist with planning, organising and working memory by strengthening executive functions and can help to prepare for transitions.' If needed, private tutors can create engaging and academically enriching sessions for your child. They are well suited to establishing and maintaining your child's routine.
Ultimately, students with SEN and/or SpLDs, benefit from a safe, non-judgemental environment such as one-to-one mentoring and tutoring provides. A private tutor is invaluable in shouldering the pressures of academic support and allowing you to spend more quality time with your child. Moreover, mentors and tutors also help your child to develop their confidence and self-esteem. Your child's confidence in their own learning abilities is fundamental to their ability to succeed. Tutors for ADHD are therefore highly recommended for parents to help their children.
Put simply, yes! A private tutor can be highly effective for ADHD children. As the ADHD Foundation asserts, the condition 'can appear in different ways in different children.' Approximately two-thirds of children with ADHD also have specific learning difficulties (SpLD). Because of the one-to-one interaction with your child, a private tutor helps to strengthen their academic progress, and their self-confidence as a result. Tuition is delivered by qualified and experienced tutors who have worked with a wealth of children with special educational needs and specific learning difficulties. One size certainly does not fit all and each tutor tailors their expertise to suit their student’s learning style, interests and abilities. Tutors for ADHD children help provide them with the tools to succeed in their academic journey.
Simply Learning Tuition offers bespoke support to help you and your child on their academic journey, including providing academic tuition. However, we also provide a range of approaches to help nurture and expand your child's full potential, such as through our mentoring programmes. Mentors can be used for both academic and pastoral support. Our mentors are usually younger, professional tutors who have been trained in this area, and can thus be a trusted advisor, role model and confidant. SLT provides a range of support, including tutors for ADHD children.
According to the ADHD Foundation, 'girls and boys are diagnosed with ADHD at a ratio of about 1 to 3. This doesn’t mean that fewer girls and women have ADHD; it means that ADHD is undiagnosed in many girls.' There is growing recognition that girls with ADHD have differently presenting symptoms. Typically, their symptoms are more subtle than boys'.
Girls with ADHD may display symptoms such as:
- Trouble maintaining friendships
- Daydreaming quietly in class
- Feeling anxious or sad
- Exhibiting silliness
- Acting shy, trying not to be noticed, or seeming not to pay attention
- Appearing to be a “scatterbrain.”
- Being a perfectionist
- Hair twirling, picking at cuticles, nails or skin
- Excessive chatting
ADD stands for attention deficit disorder.
The two main ADHD categories are defined by:
1. Problems with inattentiveness (difficulty concentrating and focusing), and/or
2. Hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
According to the NHS, approximately 2-3 out of 10 people with ADHD have issues concentrating and focusing, but not with hyperactivity or impulsiveness. Previously, this was known as ADD. However, it is no longer diagnosed, as it is considered outdated by many medical practitioners. Instead, students receive an ADHD diagnosis.