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Invisible Disabilities

invisible disabilitiesMany children suffer from conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many more.  We have listed some of the conditions we currently support.  Unfortunately this list is growing.


These are sometimes classed as Invisible disabilities, because to an onlooker, the child appears normal.  When they appear wild and naughty, that could be the impulsiveness of ADHD, when they flare up in a  temper it could be something unexpected has happened to them and they are autistic.  These are very simple examples and do not even scratch the surface of varying triggers that can result in what appears to be 'naughty behaviour'.  Many of these conditions are classed as social & communication disorders, which means that these kids cannot express themselves in certain situations that trigger their anxiety in socially acceptable ways.


So next time you see a child losing their temper or being unresponsive, don't jump to the immediate conclusion that they are naughty & have terrible parents, so let's all STAMP OUT THE STIGMA.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD including Aspergers/High functioning Autism)
Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person relates and communicates with other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.  
Pervasive Development Disorder (not otherwise specified)
PDD-NOS is diagnosed in children who share some of the traits of ASD but have milder symptoms than children with ASD.
ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
People with ADHD are hyperactive, impulsive and have trouble focusing. They may understand what's expected of them but have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or attend to details.
This includes difficulties that affect the learning process in one or more of the following areas, reading, spelling and writing. It is particularly related to mastering and using written language and numeracy (dyscalculia).
Dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement/co-ordination (gross and fine motor skills). This includes impairment the way the brain processes information and is associated with problems of perception, language and thought. Apraxia of speech (verbal apraxia or dyspraxia) is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say. 
Tics and Tourettes
A tic is a sudden, repetitive, motor movement or vocalisation involving discreet muscle groups.  Tics can be invisible to the observer.  Common tics include eye blinking and throat clearing.
Tourette syndrome is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder, characterised by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal tic. Tourette's is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 
OCD is a disorder of the brain and behaviour it causes severe anxiety in those affected.   This involves both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way everyday life.
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) 
ODD is a diagnosis described as a continual pattern of anger guided disobedience, defiant behaviour which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behaviour.
Selective Mutism
Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations or to specific people e.g. in school.
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory processing (Sensory integration or SI) refers to the way a person response to all activities or environments.  Behaviours may include sensory seeking, sensory avoidance and sensitivity to stimuli.