Episode 81 – Why Screening for Neurodiversities is Needed at School with Sarah Templeton

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There’s no Money in the NHS for Adult ADHD!

These are the words which our guest, Sarah Templeton, heard for NHS GPs time and time again before having to go private to prove that she did in fact have ADHD!

That diagnosis of ADHD then kicked off the diagnosis of other conditions for Sarah, such as Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and sensory processing disorder! And all this in her 50’s!

Looking back, Sarah shares with us that the turning point in her life was when the un-diagnosed ADHD and Dyscalculia changed the course of her education throughout her teenage years. Not having had accommodations for ADHD and Dyscalculia she failed her 12+ exam and missed the opportunity to go to Grammar School and spent her teenage years in a Secondary State School which could not support her gifts. 

Decades later, Sarah was shocked to find that the school system has not improved in screening children for these conditions which otherwise could change the course of their lives. 

Diven to make sure that others do not have to go through her experience, Sarah is a recognised specialist in neurodiversity awareness and a passionate advocate for screening for ADHD in the criminal justice system.

Today, Sarah has over 9 years of experience in counselling, education, and community support. Sarah is the founder of ADHD LIBERTY – Charity, a non-profit organisation that provides free and confidential screening for ADHD and related conditions to adolescents and adults involved in the justice system.

To add to all her amazing work in this field, Sarah has authored three best-selling books on parenting and teaching ADHD kids, and a frequent keynote speaker, court and media expert, and campaigner on neurodiversity issues. 

Working closely with the police, prisons, probation, youth offending services, and other agencies, Sarah ensures that each offender has their conditions identified and the correct support put in place to enable them to engage fully in education and employment. I believe that screening for ADHD can reduce reoffending, improve mental health, and unlock the potential of neurodiverse individuals.

Dyslexic Hack:

  • Lists, post-it notes, and a blooming good diary! 

Key Topics:

  •  Finding out Sarah has ADHD and other neurodiversity in her 50’s
  • Impact on non-diagnosis in her childhood, 
  •  Screening for ADHD and other neurodiversities in the CJS.


  • Criminal Justice System
  • Dyspraxia
  • ADHD
  • Dyscalculia
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