Promise of Increased Mental Health Funding in Ontario

Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Toronto Star were sent this letter by CADDAC recently in response to the Liberal party’s promise for increased mental health funding, in particular for children and youth. Hon Kathleen Wynne Leader, Liberal Party of Canada Dear Premier Wynne, Additional funding in Ontario for mental health is certainly needed and very…

New BC Education Ministry Special Education Guidelines Will Recognize ADHD under the Learning Disorder Category

A new Huffington Post article is talking about changes coming to the BC Special Education Guidelines that will allow students with ADHD, who present learning needs, to be identified under the learning disability (LD) category. This may not seem like a huge change, but parents of children with ADHD in BC and CADDAC have long…

Are we Prescribing too Many Antipsychotic Medications for Children with ADHD?

A recent study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found almost 12 per cent of children and youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, were prescribed antipsychotics like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Seroquel. Since the study found that 5% of Ontario children have ADHD, this means that .06% of children may be receiving antipsychotic…