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 the Neurodiversity 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.

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 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

Resources available in the Early Years Settings section.

Rachel Rushton – Early Years Neurodiversity Specialist

My name is Rachel Rushton and I am an Early Years Neurodiversity Specialist. My role is to work collaboratively with parents, carers and early years settings to ensure the children who are presenting emerging traits of neurodevelopmental conditions receive the best start in life and go on to reach their full potential.

I use a play based therapeutic approach to establish early intervention strategies to produce the best outcomes holistically to support the individual child whist working towards creating a neurodiverse and welcoming environment.

My background of work has led to my passion of working with children with ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing and other neurodiverse conditions. I have ten years’ experience working in early years education and within children’s centres across Liverpool supporting children and their families.

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