Information for families about autism and ADHD

There is now a handbook for Kent families who would like to know more about autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

The handbook

Developed with help from parents and carers of children waiting for an assessment for autism and/or ADHD in the Canterbury area, the handbook includes sections on where to go for help with health, education, rights and benefits, and a listing of local and national organisations. We’ve also included tips that may help manage your child’s behaviour and pages for you to make notes.

You can either read the full handbook (PDF, 1.3 MB) or specific sections:

This handbook was produced at the end of 2019 and was originally designed to be printed before the covid-19 pandemic to provide information about support available for children and young adults with autism and ADHD. Some of the information may be out of date.

If you have any questions about content you can email

Videos of information sessions

Dr. Rachel Hussey, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who works within the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service, delivered an information session to families who had a child waiting for an autism assessment.

She talks about why children may see the world differently, or behave differently and gives guidance on how to support your child is the areas of sleep, emotional regulation and anxiety.

Watch the talks on YouTube: