Neurodiversity Early Years Service

The Neurodiversity Early Years Service at the ADHD Foundation is dedicated to promoting early identification and intervention for young children presenting with emerging characteristics of neurodevelopmental conditions. Our expert team build knowledge and skills within the early years workforce through training, coaching and play based therapeutic intervention. Our relationship driven approach encourages mutual exploration of the child’s needs and support required.

Our aim is to ensure that neurodiversity is recognised, celebrated and supported taking a need led approach across the early years. 

Emma Weaver – Director of Early Years Services

My name’s Emma Weaver and I’m the Director of the Neurodiversity Early Year’s Service at the ADHD Foundation.

My role is to work alongside early years settings, parents and carers of children in the early years and young children presenting with emerging traits of neurodiversity.

I have a real passion for early identification and working with those adults around the young child to develop skills to support the emerging characteristics of ADHD, Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

My specialism at the ADHD Foundation is in developmental psychology and how we can support young children in the critical period of child development.

I am dedicated to working alongside schools, early years settings and families to provide the best possible outcomes for children with neurodiverse conditions.

Samantha Asher – Early Years Neurodiversity Specialist

My name is Samantha Asher and I am an Early Years Neurodiversity Specialist at the ADHD Foundation.

My role within the foundation is to visit schools and nurseries, working closely with practitioners and parents/carers to implement strategies to support our little learners. In addition to this, we explore how to create neurodiverse friendly environments to ensure our little ones have the best opportunities when entering first stages of early learning.

My passion is working with children across the early years with emerging characteristics of ADHD, Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Conditions.

My specialism within the foundation is promoting a play-based approach to supporting early child development. I am keen to support the implementation of play approaches, to aid children to develop skills socially, emotionally and cognitively.

“Toys are children’s words and play is their language” – Garry L. Landreth

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