LD & ADHD Resources

Learning Disabilities & ADHD Resources

Learning Disabilities Associations of Canada, Alberta & other provinces, and America.
Join the Learning Disabilities Associations to get up to date information on research, best practices, news, advocacy. Sign up for the Associations’ newsletters and attend upcoming conferences. Learning Disabilities of America publishes an LD Journal for $55 US.
Listed are just a few of the provincial Learning Disabilities Associations in Canada, but they are all worth connecting with.

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)

Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA)

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO)

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA America)

Understood.org is a U.S. based network of non-profit organizations that have joined forces to support parents of children with learning and attention challenges. Excellent website and resource for parents and educators.

LD Online 
LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, and very active forums.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
U.S. based: Provides resources, articles, current reports and studies, and community forums. They have excellent resources, and have developed very informative websites as resources, including:
Get Ready To Read
RTI (Response To Intervention) Action Network

NCLD has written an excellent report; ‘The State of Learning Disabilities’.

The State of LD: Introduction

Foothills Academy Community Services  – Resources 
-Learning Disabilities & ADHD Articles
-Online Courses for Families: Inside ADHD for Families, Inside Learning Disabilities for Families
-Online Courses for Educators: Inside Learning Disabilities for Educators, Inside ADHD for Educators
-Community Workshops
-Professional Development workshops

Child Mind Institute
Focus: Mental Health, ADHD, learning disorders.
Information for Families and Educators. Research Projects.
About: The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national (American) nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

ADHD Resources

ADHD Organizations/Websites

CADDAC (Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada) 
CADDAC is a Canadian not for profit, organization providing leadership and support in awareness, education and advocacy for ADHD organizations and individuals across Canada. They develop, provide and present up-to-date scientifically based information on ADHD.

CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention-Deficity/Hyperactivity Disorder)  
CHADD provides information, support, and advocacy for individuals with ADHD. Their resources and publications, such as their Attention Magazine, training, and CHADD chapters supports families, adults, educators, and other professionals.
Information: Serves as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, including great information and resources for adults with ADHD.
Advocacy: Serves as an advocate for appropriate public policies and public recognition in response to needs face by families and individuals with ADHD.
ADHD Education & Training Programs for Parents, Adults, and Educators
ADHD Support Online Communities for Adults, Parents, Educators
Attention Magazine – bimonthly

ADDitude Magazine 
ADDItude is a very thorough, U.S. based website which covers: ADHD Symptoms & tests, Treatment, Parenting, Adults, For Professionals, New & Forums, ADDitude Magazine, Downloads, Webinars, Podcasts & Tools, and ebooks that cover a range of topics related to ADHD.

ADHD Palooza
Annual online conferences on ADHD for women and parents. You can listen by phone, or watch the videos in real time. If you miss the live event you can subscribe to watch the replays.

ADHD EXPERTS: Books, Websites, YouTube Videos

*Dr. Russell Barkley:
Dr. Barkley is one of the most well known experts in the field of ADHD. He has written numerous books on the subject for both parents of children with ADHD and adults with ADHD, including a few listed here. He also has informative YouTube videos.
-Book: Taking Charge of ADHD. The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents (3rd Edition). Author: Dr. Russell Barkley.
-Book: Taking Charge of Adult ADHD. Author: Dr. Russell Barkley. Published in 2010 by Guilford Press. Dr. Russell Barkley describes how adults with ADHD can succeed at work, develop good relationships, handle their finances, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
YouTube: Dr. Barkley has numerous YouTube videos. Here’s 1 to get you started:
30 Essential Ideas You Should Know about ADHD

*Dr. Ned Hollowell & Dr. John Ratey
Dr. Hollowell & Dr. Ratey, both of whom have ADHD, have written a series books on ADHD, coined the “Distraction Series”, including: Driven to Distraction, Delivered From Distraction, Married to Distraction, Answers to Distraction.
-Website: Dr. Hallowell: In his website you can watch webinars, listen to podcasts, and order his books.

*Dr. Peg Dawson & Dr. Richard Guare
They provide practical guidance for how to improve executive function skills, which is a real challenge for people with ADHD.
-Book: Smart but Scattered. The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach their Potential. Authors: Peg Dawson & Riley Guare.
-Website: Smart but Scattered Kids

*Rick Green –  Totally ADD
For Adults with ADHD. The founder, Rick Greene, who has ADHD himself, collaborates with experts in the field to provide ADHD-friendly information, through blogs, newsletters, resources, and their famous videos. The videos are both very helpful & very humorous!

*YouTube Channel: How to ADHD
By Jessica McCabe
A central hub for ADHD education for adults. Jessica is both informative & humorous!

Book: Understanding Women with ADHD. Authors: Kathleen Nadeu & Patricia Quinn. Published in 2002. Brings experts together to address the issues unique to women with ADHD at each life stage.

ADHD Resources with Medical Focus

RESOURCES with MEDICAL FOCUS for Physicians & other Health Professionals: People with ADHD can also find helpful information, including lists of physicians trained in mental health issues such as ADHD.

CADDRA – The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance
CADDRA is an independent, not-for-profit resource organization for medical, healthcare and research professionals with an interest in the field of ADHD. There is also information for adolescents, adults, and parents under the Resources – Public Info section.

The Canadian Research and Education for the Advancement of Child Health

CanREACH develops primary care providers skills and abilities in pediatric mental health. The REACH Institute trains physicians to correctly identify and differentiate among pediatric (childhood) behaviors, including depressions, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety states, oppositional and conduct disorders, and psychosis.

*CanREACH provides a list of CanREACH Trained Practitioners (doctors) throughout the provinces in Canada. Families can access this list to find doctors with training in ADHD.