Stockport Parents of ADHD Children in Education (S.P.A.C.E.) is a parent support group for parents and carers of children and young people in the Stockport area with ADHD and associated conditions.
We provide information to parents and carers in a friendly open and informal environment where they can express their feelings and concerns with others that understand the challenges of raising a child with ADHD.
There is a lot of misinformation about the condition, which can be confusing, especially for those with a new diagnosis.
Here at SPACE we recognise that the more we understand about the condition, the easier it is for us to help and support our children, particularly as they move through the education system. We are working to abolish the myths and stigma, which are commonly associated with the condition and support the movement for a national ADHD strategy.
We hold regular monthly meet ups in a local coffee shop and also have a growing online community.
We signpost local services that are able to offer help and support to parents and regularly host presentations from professionals or organisations who are of interest to our parents.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological condition which is commonly characterised by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is commonly characterised by inattention and impulsivity.
The term Attention Deficit can be misleading as it suggests that those with ADHD / ADD have a lack of attention, when the issue is usually that they have inconsistent levels of attention and difficulty controlling where it is directed. At one time ADHD was considered to be a condition which only affected male children. This is now known to be incorrect, but unfortunately the stereotype of unruly little boys continues to affect the diagnosis of girls and adults, particularly those without hyperactivity.
Easily Distracted Difficulty Organising Loses or Forgets Things Difficulty Following Instructions Doesn't Appear To Listen
Speaks & Acts Without Thinking Interrupts Calls Out in Class Acts The Clown Rushes Through Work
Fidgety Regularly Taps, Fiddles, Touches Restless Always On The Go Takes Risks
SPACE is run by a small team of volunteers. It was started over a decade ago, by a group of Stockport parents who all have children with ADHD.
The original team recognised that there was a shortage of support for other families in their position.
What they needed didn't exist, so they created it.
SPACE Stockport ADHD group has a monthly meet up at a local coffee shop in Stockport. If you are a parent or carer of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder then you are very welcome to join us.
In addition to our website we also have a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a blog. Our Facebook page includes regular posts about ADHD and includes Facebook posts from other support groups or organisations that share useful information. We also have a closed Facebook group where comments are only visible to other group members.