Health professional

Dear colleague,

Welcome to the section specially created for professionals. I chose to include a set of tools and information materials on Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder that can help you in your daily work with people with ADHD and their families.

Useful tip while using questionnaires: It can be interesting to identify the most problematic symptoms to the individual for it will allow to better target the therapeutic interventions.

Please feel free to consult other sections of this site, for some of them you might find interesting. If you have any positive comments or constructive suggestions on how to improve the content, do not hesitate to contact me,

Best regards!
Annick Vincent, M.D.

NOTE : All documents presented here have been donated by the authors, and I graciously thank them. These questionnaires and other tools are specially created for professionals. I chose to make them available to everyone, not for people with ADHD to consult without professional supervision but rather to provide universal access to these tools. If you are not a professional and visit this section, it is very likely that you will have questions about the content and I invite you to consult a professional in your area.

Practice guidelines

Please refer to the new edition of the Canadian Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of ADHD by the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA). Let's not forget to mention the excellent support of this association in helping to develop Dr. Vincent's website.

Questionnaires

You will find under this section different questionnaires to help you assess an individual with ADHD.

Pharmacological Treatment

In collaboration with the organizational committee for the Conference on the pharmacological treatments of ADHD dated April 13, 2007, the team of continuing medical education from Laval University in Quebec City has developed a chart of medications (Adaptation for Quebec and Adaptation for Canada ) that might help you in the discussion on medication with your patients and their families. This tool was updated in October 2007, with the revised practical guides by CADDRA.

The second page of this document shows the methods of extended release of long action psychostimulants. I suggest that you print it in the back of the first page.

Various scientific papers will be added to enrich this section.

Psychoeducation

In collaboration with the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, Dr Annick Vincent has developed general information sheets that you can give to your patients.

USEFUL TIPS for your patients

Several of the following documents can also be found in the general section of this site called useful tips. You can download them for printing and hand them to your patients, as needed. You can also give them a listing of this site and the general public documents created by Dr Vincent.

Are there tips for everyday life?

Several practical tips for children with ADHD are offered in the book My Brain Needs Glasses. You will also find a host of practical tips for adults in the book My Brain STILL Needs Glasses. Here are a few.

In addition, the DVD Portrait of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be used for individual, family or group psychoeducation. You can also use it to train health care workers and other care providers.

Medication or not?

You just made the diagnosis and parents wonder. Does their child need to take or not medication? Several tips are given by the paediatrician Dr Renée-Claude Duval for parents whose child has just been diagnosed with ADHD and who say Ritalin?...No way!

Side effects?

Dr Annick Vincent offers solutions to counteract the loss of appetite caused by the medication. Sleep may also be affected in people suffering from ADHD. There are some basic tips that can help promote sleep .

Difficulties in school?

Here is a letter to inform your child's teachers either in elementary or high school . The letter provides information on ADHD and tips for teachers to better supervise your child.

For adults who need counseling while continuing their schooling, here is an explanatory letter to inform teachers in post-secondary schools . The letter provides information on ADHD and provides tips for teachers to better supervise the student.

You can also chose to use letters for the school that have been developed by CADDRA and CADDAC has developed.

Bonita Blazer, PHD and Mary Ann Ager, MD, from Feel Good Kids, www.BBlazer.org have designed an interesting document about Classroom Accommodations for Students with ADHD . They have generously accepted to put this information on Dr Annick Vincent's website. This compilation is part of an ethnographic study of 10 school districts with over 500 teachers and responders to the question: "What teachers say helps students with ADD achieve success in school". This compilation is the prioritized consensus of their most effective classroom accommodations (finding drawn from data collection).

Resources

Do not hesitate to refer to the resources section to find general information on several support groups and information relating to the reorganization of the Quebec mental health services.

We suggest certain publications because they are most appropriate for health professionals. However, we encourage you to review other publications suggested on this site of Dr Annick Vincent.

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