ADHD Families has pulled together a number of resources that we think will help with your questions about ADHD. This section will continue to build on the recommended resources and provide you with the support that you need.

Many of these resources are available through the CanLearn library or through the Family and Community Resource Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. 

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Recommended Articles

Brain Games are Bogus – The New Yorker. (PDF)

Many parents are looking for ways to help improve their child’s memory and attention. Recently, brain games and other computer-based training programs have become quite popular. This article explains some of the limitations that research has found about these games. It is important for parents to consider the research as well as the claims that these companies make. ADHD treatment should include multiple approaches, with the understanding that there is no real “cure”.


Dispelling Myths About ADHD. (PDF)

ADHD is a disorder that is frequently talked about in every day culture and as a result, there are a lot of myths about ADHD that families should be aware about. This article provides information about some common ADHD myths.

Démystifier le TDA/H. (PDF)

This is the French version of the above article on ADHD myths.


Reframing ADHD. (PDF)

The resource talks about how to think about ADHD differently and how ADHD affects students in various ways. If parents and teachers can make a shift in their perspective, they can begin to see youth with ADHD in a more positive light and provide them with the supports they need. This resource may also be helpful for teachers.

Recadrer Notre Perception du Trouble du Déficit de L’attention Avec Hyperactivité (TDA/H). (PDF)

This is the French version of the above article on Reframing ADHD.


Working Memory. (PDF)

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind while working with it or using it while completing a task. Often, individuals with ADHD have difficulties with working memory. This resource provides information about working memory and some strategies that may be helpful to accommodate for working memory deficits. This resource may also be helpful for teachers.

Soutenir les Élèves Ayant des Problèmes de Mémoire de Travail. (PDF)

This is the French version of the above article on Working Memory.


Fidget Toys Fact Sheet. (PDF)

This resource provides general information about fidget toys and how they can be used to support and increase attention and concentration. Web links for related resources are also provided.


Info Rx – ADHD for Kids & Teens. (PDF) and Info RX – ADHD for Parents. (PDF)

These resource lists were compile by CanLearn Society and the Family & Community Resource Centre. You can check with your local library or with The Alberta Library for the availability of these resources. These resources can also be borrowed from the Family & Community Resource Centre or CanLearn Society.


The Use of Alternative Therapies in Treating Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Canadian Paediatric Society. (PDF)

The brief article summarizes information about several alternative treatments for ADHD and what we know so far about their effectiveness for treating ADHD.


Recommended Books for Parents

Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder. H. Moghadam.

A concise book to address the concerns of parents and teachers of children with ADHD.

Can I Tell You About ADHD? : A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Susan Yarney.

Ben, a young boy with ADHD explains how he was diagnosed, coping strategies, and what it feels like to have ADHD.

Some Kids Just Can’t Sit Still! Sam Goldstein.

This story explains why children with ADHD react differently to situations in their daily lives. Symptoms of ADHD are explained in an entertaining way and this tale helps children to understand their differences, accept treatment, and retain positive self-esteem.

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents. Russell A. Barkley.

This book provides guidance and tips about ADHD and treatment.

The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control. Lawrence E. Shapiro.

The ADHD Workbook for Kids offers a simple way to help children with ADHD learn these critical skills in just ten minutes a day. The workbook includes activities for children with ADHD to help them to learn how to handle everyday tasks, make friends, and build self-esteem. It also gives strategies to help them to learn to overcome the most challenging aspects of the disorder.

The ADHD Workbook for Parents: A Guide for Parents of Children Ages 2-12 with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Harvey C. Parker.

This workbook help parents with the daily tasks involved in raising children with ADHD. The handbook offers practical instruction, helpful worksheets, and practical exercises that allow parents to advocate for their child in the classroom and to build structure in the home. The strategies will help parents to manage behaviors, handle homework, and manage medication.


Recommended Books for Kids

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain. Edward Hallowell.

A little girl named Lucy learns that “everyone’s smart! You just need to find out at what!”

All Dogs have ADHD. Kathy Hoopmann.

Filled with photographs of dogs, this book brings to life familiar ADHD characteristics such as being restless and excitable, getting easily distracted, and acting on impulse.

Attention, girls! : A Guide to Learn All About Your ADHD. Patricia Quinn.

Written for ‘tween’ girls (ages 7-11) who have ADHD. It provides practical tips and techniques for managing attention disorders and the affect this disorder can have on your life.

Cory Stories. Jeanne Kraus.

Cory describes what it is like to have ADHD through describing various aspects of his life and his coping mechanisms.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids about ADHD. Kathleen G. Nadeau and Ellen B. Dixon.

An illustrated book that provides strategies and tips for kids to cope with ADHD.

My Brain Needs Glasses: Living with Hyperactivity. Annick Vincent.

A funny book to help children understand what living life with ADHD is like.

Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD. Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern.

A guidebook for kids with ADHD to help them be successful in managing their ADHD symptoms.


Recommended Websites

CanLearn Society. CanLearn provides assessment services, resources, programs, and ADHD Coaching for families.

ADDvance. The ADDvance website was founded by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., both internationally recognized authorities on ADHD. This website provides great information and resources for families on ADHD.

CADDRA. The Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance website provides information for children, adolescents, parents, and educators. Look for the “Public Info” tab.

CADDAC. Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada. CADDAC is a national, not-for-profit, organization providing leadership and support in awareness, education and advocacy for ADHD organizations and individuals across Canada.

Community Education Service. The Community Education Service (CES) provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, evidence-informed education sessions and resource materials to address child, youth, and family health and mental health needs. The Community Education Service (CES) falls under Alberta Health Services’ Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health Programs (CAAMHP).

LD Online. Resources for educators, parents, and children on ADHD and learning disabilities. This is an American site.

Understood: For Learning and Attention Issues. This is a great site with information on ADHD and learning disabilities for families and educators. This is an American site.