Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD and ADD

The Ontario Ministry of Education defines a “Behaviour” Exceptionality as:

A learning disorder characterized by specific behaviour problems over such a period of time, and to such a marked degree, and of such a nature, as to adversely affect educational performance, and that may be accompanied by one or more of the following:

a) an inability to build or to maintain interpersonal relationships;

b) excessive fears or anxieties;

c) a tendency to compulsive reaction;

d) an inability to learn that cannot be traced to intellectual, sensory, or other health factors, or any combination thereof.

Special Education: a Guide for Educators (2002)

Click here for a link to the DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD

(This may be *somewhat* more accurate)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD and ADD

I will say that Alberta is further ahead than Ontario in recognising and supporting students with ADHD.  So let’s start with Alberta!

Alberta Education – Government of Alberta (2006) Focusing on Success: Teaching Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
You want proof about the ADHD situation in Ontario?  Check it out! 3 provinces get failing grades on ADHD and Ontario is one of them!
Research Monograph # 3 The Educational Implications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Ontario Ministry of Education)
CADDAC’s  Fairness in Education Campaign calls on governments to recognize that students with ADHD have legitimate special learning needs and need appropriate supports to overcome their challenges in becoming academically successful
More on that here…
Canadian Resources for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada
Probably the one of the BEST general ADHD websites out there – for parents, educators, medical professionals and adults with ADHD.  Gender differences too.  Excellent information on medication, support and different stages of life – childhood, adolescence, postsecondary and adulthood.  This is my ‘go to’ website.
Here is their list of Canadian ADHD links – be sure to check them out
The Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance
Again, excellent information for parents, educators, doctors, adults with ADHD, children and adolescents.  The children’s section is written in kid-friendly language.
Sick Kids ADHD Clinic
From the Hospital for Sick Children – Information for Parents, kids and Educators about ADHD signs, symptoms, subtypes and school.  Information about gender differences, diagnosis and treatment as well.
Check out Rick Green’s Totally ADD website- tonnes of videos, etc..
In case you missed it before, check out:

The Special Education Companion, 2002

Possibly the BEST and most under-used document in Special Education!  This document lists countless ways to help students under each Exceptionality Category.  If you look at ‘Behaviour’ you have 10 pages of characterisitics of students with Behaviour Exceptionalities, issues, general teaching and learning strategies, program ideas, subject-specific strategies (reading, spelling, mathematics) and assessment strategies!

Do NOT write an IEP without reading this document! Parents and Teachers should use this resource to determine appropriate accommodations, modifications, and strategies for the classroom.  Parents, please bring this to your teacher meetings to advocate for your child!

Note: This is a PERSONAL blog, not an official Ministry of Education website. This is a forum for sharing.

Please add comments and your favourite resources (and let me know if there are any dead links!) Thank you!


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