We hope you find this summary of conditions and support links a useful resource


ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,a developmental impairment of the brain’s executive functions. People with ADHD have trouble with impulse-control, focusing, and organization. A developmental impairment of the brain’s self-management system.

Scottish ADHD Coalition
ADHD Foundation
Young Minds – ADHD


Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life.

Breathing Space
Anxiety UK

For more information on Anxiety please see our Family Wellbeing page


The autism spectrum, identifies a loosely-defined cluster of neurodevelopmental issues characterized by challenges in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and can be the presence of repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. Other common features may include responses to sensory stimuli, and a preference for sameness or unusual adherence to routines.

Ambitious About Autism
Child Autism
Scottish Autism
Autistic UK – Eurodiversity

For more in-depth information and support links please visit our Autism page

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect normal movement in different parts of the body. This condition can cause problems with posture, manner of walking (gait), muscle tone, and coordination of movement.

Cerebral Palsy Scotland
Scope – Cerebral Palsy Introduction

Development Delay

The term ‘developmental delay’ or ‘global development delay’ is used when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestones than other children their age. This might include learning to walk or talk, movement skills, learning new things and interacting with others socially and emotionally.

Contact – Global Developmental Delay
Mencap – Global Development Delay

Down’s Syndrome

Down’s Syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small “packages” of genes in the body. They determine how a baby’s body forms and functions as it grows during pregnancy and after birth.

Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes. Babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21. A medical term for having an extra copy of a chromosome is ‘trisomy.’ Down syndrome is also referred to as Trisomy 21.

DSS Scotland

Learning Disability

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people. 

Enable – What is a Learning Disability

Mental Health

Please see our ‘Family Wellbeing’ page in the Family Support section


Other Conditions

For other conditions we’ve not included on this page, please refer to Contact:

Contact – Conditions

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