ADHD Services

Parents may want to augment school support for their children who have attention issues or a diagnosis of ADHD with services found in the community. These support services may include:

  1. Assessment to determine diagnosis of ADHD and/or related issues
  2. Treatment; including medication management and counselling
  3. Skill Instruction to develop strategies
  4. Family support and parent support groups

Disclaimer: The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network does not support, endorse or recommend any specific method, treatment, product, remedial centre, program, or service provider for people with Learning Disabilities or ADHD. It does, however, endeavour to provide impartial and, to the best of our knowledge, factual information for persons with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD. 

Assessment, Treatment, and Counselling

Doctors (physicians):
Medical doctors assess and diagnose ADHD, as it is a neurobiological condition that can be treated with medication. Doctors prescribe and oversee ADHD medication.

CanREACH: https://wp.hmhc.ca/canreach/
To find a doctor or pediatrician with expertise in assessing and treating ADHD in children and youth, an excellent resource is CanREACH.  CanReach trains physicians in various mental health diagnosis and treatment, including ADHD. They provide a list of CanREACH trained providers across most of Canada, including specific cities and regions in Alberta.

Psychologists:
Psychologists with a specialization in ADHD and Learning Disabilities can be a great source of support for individuals with ADHD.  Psychologists can help people with:

-Assessments: Educational Psychologists can assess and diagnose ADHD. They may incorporate an ADHD assessment within a more thorough psycho-educational assessment to determine a full learning profile and potentially other challenges, such as a Learning Disability.

-Develop strategies to improve ADHD symptoms and behaviours.

-Counseling to help with related emotional, mental health, and social skills challenges.

-Career counseling and supporting an individual through transitions in life, such as starting post-secondary education or transitioning from post-secondary to the workplace

How to Find Psychologists:

PAA: Psychologist Association of Alberta https://www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca/
The PAA website has a referral search section to help you locate a psychologist. Within the filters for specific problems you can click on criteria such as ADHD, academic, Learning Disabilities, literacy, children – emotional or physical, etc,

CADDAC   https://caddac.ca/adhd/document/adhd-clinics 
CADDAC lists clinics by provinces that provide assessments and interventions for ADHD. Ask the psychologist specific questions to ensure that they have the expertise in ADHD that you are looking for.

Financial Support: Some not-for-profit agencies in your community may offer bursaries or a sliding scale for their psychological services. Examples in Calgary: Foothills Academy, CanLearn Society, University of Calgary’s Integrated Services in Education (ISE)

ADHD Coaches

An ADHD coach is a life coach trained specifically to help adults and youth with ADHD to better manage their lives.

An ADHD Coach can help with goal setting, planning and organizational skills, time management, motivation, and healthier self-esteem and relationships.

Coaching sessions can take place in person or by telephone or internet so coaches do not necessarily need to be located in your area.

Currently Canada has no regulations regarding qualifications of coaches. We suggest that you ask individual coaches for their training qualifications and request that they supply you with testimonials from past clients.

Although not required in Canada, many ADHD coaches in Canada are now getting certified through well-known institutions, mainly in the U.S., that offer training and accreditation to become a certified ADHD coach.

CADDAC provides a list of ADHD coaches in each region/province.
CADDAC: Centre for ADHD Awareness; ADHD Coaches.  https://caddac.ca/adhd/document/adhd-coaches

Read the ADDitude Magazine article below to learn about ADHD training and certification, as well as questions to ask when looking for a coach. https://www.additudemag.com/shopping-for-a-coach/

Services & Programs

There are some agencies that have expertise in supporting individuals struggling with attention and executive functioning issues. We strongly suggest that you do some research to ensure that the service providers you choose have the necessary qualifications and expertise in ADHD. Also, investigate that the recommended treatment is based on good scientific research that is peer-reviewed by other medical experts in the field of ADHD.

Listed are a few agencies in Calgary that may support students with ADHD:

Foothills Academy – Community Services (Psychological Services & Programs) www.foothillsacademy.org

CanLearn Society www.canlearnsociety.ca  

Eckert Centre http://eckertcentre.com/services/academic-coaching/

Family Psychology Place provides ADHD assessment and support for children and adults.  https://www.familypsychologyplace.com/services/adhd-support

Kaizen Educational Services. https://www.kaizeneducationservices.com

ADHD Support Groups

CADDAC provides a list of Support Groups in provinces across Canada.
https://caddac.ca/adhd/document/support-groups-other-provinces/

Learning Opportunities/Events

One helpful way to understand how to support your child, teen, or young adult who is trying to manage ADHD symptoms is to take a workshop or course. In our Calendar we list learning opportunities of interest on topics such as ADHD.
Provided here are some of the organizations that provide regular learning opportunities for families and educators:

Foothills Academy Community Services:  https://www.foothillsacademy.org
-Inside ADHD for Families. Foothills Academy online course
-Foothills Academy – Parent & Community Webinars
Parent & Community workshops are held regularly at Foothills Academy, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Admission is $10. Register online for the workshops.

Community Education Service (CES); Alberta Health Services http://www.community.hmhc.ca/
CES regularly offers free workshops on topics of interest related to ADHD, Learning Disabilities, literacy, etc. Some workshops are available online if there is demand.

University of Calgary – Werklund School of Education https://werklund.ucalgary.ca
Regularly presents workshops for parents and teachers. Look under ‘Upcoming Events’.

Owerko Centre https://research4kids.ucalgary.ca/owerko
The Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute is dedicated to studying neurodevelopmental disorders (such as ADHD) and child mental health. Their annual conference in June is very well attended by health care professionals, psychologists, educators, and the general public. Check out their events section for other presentations during the year.

Research Studies on ADHD

Go to Research to learn about research conducted in Calgary, Canada, and elsewhere on the topic of ADHD. Listed below are a few of the ongoing research groups in Calgary that you may want to learn about or participate in.

University of Calgary – Strengths in ADHD Research Group https://www.ucalgary.ca/adhdkids/adhdkids@ucalgary.ca
Dr. Emma Climie and her team take a strengths-based approach to working with children with ADHD and their families. They incorporate primary research and practical intervention into their work so as to support children with exceptional needs. Check out the ‘Current Projects’ tab to find more information about their research projects, and how you may participate.

Owerko Centre https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/owerko/
The Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute is dedicated to studying neurodevelopmental disorders (including ADHD) and child mental health. The Centre draws its support from a large group of multi-disciplinary researchers across the University of Calgary. The Owerko Centre supports the training of students at all levels and also provides summer student workshops.

LEARN MORE

Check in regularly to find updated information about accessing support services for individuals with ADHD. Go to the following sections of the Network’s website to find more information about ADHD:
About LD & ADHD
Adults Manage Your ADHD
LD & ADHD Resources
Research

LEARN MORE - ADHD Support Services

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities website: Article – ADHD Coaching: Can it Work for your Child?  https://www.smartkidswithld.org/getting-help/adhd/adhd-coaching-can-it-work-for-your-child/