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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic

    The ADHD Clinic is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) run clinic that focuses on the early assessment and treatment of complex patients assisting in the management of children, youth and families affected by ADHD.

    For information on our shared care model for the management of non-complex patients, please see "ADHD Referrals" under the Kids Care Centre (or click HERE). 

    Our clinic aims to:

    • Offer early access, diagnosis and treatment of acute/complex pediatric patients
    • Promote early assessments and interventions to enhance outcomes for children, youth and families
    • Address the needs of at-risk families, children and youth of Northern Ontario in a timely fashion
    • Support and maintain medical management of children, youth and families with ADHD
    • Identify co-morbidities associated with ADHD
    • Improve self-esteem and quality of life and decrease any negative life impacts
    • Improve coping skills and strategies around social functioning, self-regulation and self-confidence

    What is ADHD?

    ADHD is one of the most prevalent neurobehavioral conditions in the pediatric population caused by a number of factors that can affect brain development and function.  It affects 5-12% of school-aged children; boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.

    ADHD is characterized by a pattern of behavior, present in more than one setting (i.e. school and home), that can result in functional impairment in social, educational, or work settings.  As indicated in the 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), symptoms are divided into two categories: inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.  These include behaviours such as failure to pay close attention to details, difficulty organizing tasks and activities, excessive talking, fidgeting, or an inability to remain seated in appropriate situations.

    ADHD is a known risk factor for children and youth’s social, mental health and educational development, especially if the disorder remains unrecognized and untreated.

    How is ADHD diagnosed?

    ADHD is a diagnosis categorized according to the DSM-IV.  When diagnosing ADHD, a health care provider looks for a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

    ADHD is diagnosed based on clinical assessment and information received from parents and teachers.

    How is ADHD treated?

    Treating ADHD can involve:

    • Training for parents
    • Strategies to change your child’s behavior
    • Educational programs to help your child in school
    • Medication

    The most common types of medication used to treat ADHD are called psychostimulants.

    Many parents ask about alternative therapies (i.e. diet, vitamin supplements, fatty acids, herbs, antioxidants, homeopathy, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, etc.).  Parents should be careful and well-informed before they try these treatments.  Many can cause side effects, and some can be dangerous.  Talk to your doctor before trying any alternative therapy for your child’s ADHD.


    Referrals are made via our ADHD Referral Form.  Access the referral form by clicking HERE.

    All referrals for ADHD must be accompanied by a completed WEISS Symptom Record (completed by the parent) and a SNAP IV-26 parent and teacher form - one completed by the parent and the other completed by the teacher.  Intakes/consultations will not be completed unless the referral form is accompanied by all three completed forms.

    To download the WEISS Symptom Record and/or SNAP IV-26 parent and teacher form, click HERE.

    Contact Information

    For more information about the ADHD Clinic, please contact the Pediatric ACU at 705-523-7120 ext. 3508 or 3545 or email

    For information regarding the status of your referral, you can email 

    Community Resources


    Name  Telephone # 
    Child and Family Centre (CFC)  705-525-1008 
    Child Care Resources (CCR)  705-525-0055 
    Children Community Network (CCN)  705-566-3416 
    Children's Treatment Centre (CTC) 705-523-7120 

    Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS)