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Attention and Learning Disorders

Children by nature can be highly energetic, excitable, and easily distracted. If a child, however, can’t sit still for any length of time, frequently demonstrates impulsive behaviour, has a hard time concentrating at school and is careless and disorganized – there is a chance he or she could have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Alternatively, if your child has difficulty understanding, processing and responding to new information, he or she may have a learning disorder. Attention and learning disorders can interfere with school and contribute to social and emotional problems.

The good news is, as a parent, you can make a big difference to your child’s life. Treatment and support will help your child succeed.

To learn more, look at the links on this site. If you feel your child has an attention or learning disorder, contact your health care provider.

(References: Offord Centre for Child Studies – Attention Problems in Children and Adolescents & Help


Attention Problems in Children and Adolescents (Offord Centre PDF)


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Children Who Can't Pay
Attention/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Canadian Mental Health Association – Attention Deficit Disorder

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

Healthy, American Academy of Pediatrics – Understanding ADHD

Help – ADHD/Learning Disabilities

Health and Social Services, Government of Nunavut – Children’s Mental Health

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

Mental Health Canada – ADHD

Nunavut Literacy Council – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Nunavut Literacy Council – Dyslexia or Language-Based LD

The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada

Books in Your Community

For Adult

Attention Difference Disorder: How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps, Kenny Handelman.

Beyond the Label: A Guide to Unlocking a Child's Educational Potential, Karen L. Schiltz et al.

Learning Disabilities from a Parent's Perspective: What You Need to Know to Understand, Help & Advocate for Your Child, Kim E. Glenchur.

For Children and Youth

101 Activities That Build: Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery and Coping Skills, Alanna Jones.

Cory Stories: A Kid's Book About Living With ADHD, J. Kraus.

How to do Homework Without Throwing Up, Trevor Romain.

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD, Kathleen Nadeau.

Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Patricia Quinn.

Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD, John Taylor and San Val.