Contributors: Ryan Peacock, former DSA Centre Manager and Assessor and Product Specialist for MeisterTask and MindMeister.
According to the ADHD Foundation, of the 20% of the UK population that are neurodiverse, 1 in 20 are impacted by ADHD. That number is set to rise inevitably, as they have also estimated a 400% increase in the number of adults seeking a diagnosis since 2020 in the UK. At Aventido we believe ADHD should be understood, accepted and celebrated!
Both children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are often known for their boundless creativity, resilience and compassion. Not only can those with ADHD be known to “think outside the box”, but they can often come up with ingenious ways of solving problems as well as easily working and socialising with those around them due to their ability to deeply empathise with others and generate excitement and motivation amongst their peers.
A little bit about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Did you know that ADHD is classified into 3 types of behaviours and characteristics?
Studies have revealed that females are more likely to be diagnosed with inattentive ADHD than males.
Symptoms may include; missing details and being distracted easily, getting bored quickly, having trouble focusing on a single task, difficulty organising thoughts and learning new information, being described as being a “daydreamer”, processing information at a slower pace, remembering things inaccurately, trouble following instructions or directions.
Hyperactive and Impulsive Type
In comparison to inattentive ADHD, those with hyperactive and impulsive ADHD are often seen as disruptive, loud and high-energy. Contrary to inattentive ADHD, more males are diagnosed with this type of ADHD than females.
Symptoms may include: Feeling restless or fidgety, difficulty keeping still, talking constantly, feeling the need to touch or play with something in their hands during tasks, having trouble engaging in quiet activities, being described as “constantly on the go”, appearing impatient, acting out of turn or character without thinking about consequences beforehand.
Everyone is different and can experience varied symptoms between different types of ADHD including being diagnosed with Combined ADHD. So it’s helpful for those with both formal or informal diagnoses to recognise and note down which symptoms affect their daily life. This enables those individuals to explore how they can work more effectively with their brain and behaviour, to create a more harmonious and productive way of learning, working and living.
Types of support available for ADHD
ADHD will affect a person’s way of life in every aspect, including education and work. Both children and adults with ADHD are likely to have challenging experiences in both the classroom and workplace; so what can we do as a society to create accessible spaces that work for those with ADHD, not against them?
Along with an accepting and positive attitude, clear communication and inclusive practices, as well as a commitment to ongoing education around attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, assistive technology can also be a valuable resource for effective and productive tools for those with neurodiverse conditions such as ADHD.
While costs may be a worry for most, there are government schemes in the UK such as the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and the Access To Work Scheme that can cover some of the costs for students and employees with ADHD to access assistive technology.
Keeping in mind that adults currently seeking a formal ADHD diagnosis could be waiting 6 months plus on average for an assessment*, individuals going through the Access To Work scheme don’t need a formal diagnosis to access help and funding.
How MeisterTask and MindMeister work for ADHD
Two proven solutions we highly recommend are MindMeister and MeisterTask! Those with ADHD are often celebrated due to their high levels of creativity and energy. With the right tools such as MindMeister and MeisterTask, these attributes can be channelled into creating beyond-brilliant projects that instil pride, confidence and joy in the users themselves.
Before compiling projects and tasks together, MindMeister can be used to brainstorm, collect ideas and data and even create presentations. Offering features such as drawing connections between branches, adding comments, notes and attachments and personalising maps with specialised layouts and colours, MindMeister gives the user everything they need to conceptualise and explore brilliant ideas efficiently.
From those ideas, tasks can be made within MindMeister, which the user can then find in MeisterTask!
MeisterTask stands out as an exceptional task management solution, offering key features such as a visual management system, task prioritisation, reminders, customisation, and accessibility. Working as a cross-platform web-based app, MeisterTask is an intuitive Kanban-style task manager that allows users to work or collaborate on an unlimited number of projects to completion using an array of organisation and creative tools which are easy to learn and use.
A key reason why these two Meister solutions are perfect for use together for those with ADHD is that users can work between the two platforms with no distractions, which is something that those with ADHD often struggle with.
In short, MindMeister’s mind mapping software and MeisterTask's task management solution can be invaluable assets for those with ADHD, providing them with the structure, organisation, and focus they need to succeed in any task or project.
If you would like to explore more about these two solutions, then contact us and our product specialist Ryan can give you a demonstration, and discuss benefits and needs on a 1-2-1 basis - and we also offer a free trial licence! Click here for the recommendation guide for MeisterTask, and here for the recommendation guide for MindMeister.
We are also currently looking for case studies from those with ADHD to use and review some of our assistive technology solutions - could this be you? If so, email us at Hannah.Maries@Aventido.com to enquire and discuss which solutions may be a good fit.
*depending on which provider is selected, see Right To Choose.
Sources and research: National Institute for Health Care and Excellence, University College London, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Different Brains, Royal College of Psychiatrists, National Library of Medicine, ADDitude.
Written by Hannah Maries, Marketing Executive at Aventido.