The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 People who need help already languish on wait lists, and that may not change. We’ve come to the end of another Mental Illness Awareness Week, the time of year when government suddenly finds the money and resources for programs and initiatives long overdue which they announce with great fanfare and […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 08/29/2017 I’ve learned that it really is up to me, the parent, to ensure my daughter with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has a successful school year. ADHD occurs in five per cent of children worldwide and is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder in Canada. Now that Eva is entering […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 08/22/2017 Touching or following other children on the playground is how five-year-old Kellen tries to make new friends. “I have to intervene at that point,” says Kellen’s mom, Heather Atkinson-Rossi. “I tell the children his name and explain that he doesn’t have words but likes watching and running with others.” […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 06/01/2017 New screen time recommendations by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) released today for children under the age of four do not apply to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities are excluded as well as older children and […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/01/2017 DeAnny Wry’s 12-year-old son, T.J., was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) last year, three years after he was first diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “Our journey has been a long one,” the mother-of-two from Dawson Creek, B.C. tells HuffPost Canada. “We did not know […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 03/28/2017 British Columbia is working to put kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in their place. Their rightful place. And it’s time for the rest of Canada to do the same. “The Ministry of Education is currently reviewing proposed changes and additions to the current Special Education […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/28/2016 My dream is to have what’s happening at Massey Street Public School in Brampton, Ontario be the norm at all schools. Students in a grade 3-4 split class there are involved in a pilot project this year whereby traditional desks are being replaced with bicycle desks, bean […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 10/21/2016 Long wait times for therapy for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are leaving many parents, including myself, wondering about the effectiveness of Ontario’s current strategy. “We’re seeing some successes in some jurisdictions,” says Minister of Child and Youth Services, Michael Coteau. “If you’re telling me […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 09/13/2016 It’s been a while since I’ve written about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I took the summer off and was enjoying a better start to the school year for my daughter with ADHD who entered second grade last week when I came across this unfortunate article which […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/30/2016 As the debate rages on in Ontario over access to provincially funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism over the age of five, let’s not forget about autism’s close cousin, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Though identified up until now as two distinct conditions, […]

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 02/17/2016 I met Jennie Rosecan in an online support group for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We both have daughters with ADHD named Ava and Eva. But that’s where their similarities end. My Eva is loud, disruptive and uncooperative, which is what most people […]

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 12/14/2016 The holidays are an exciting time for many children but can also be an overwhelming time for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here are some tips on how to handle the upcoming holiday season for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD. 1. Don’t make […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 10/27/2015 Toronto child and youth worker Sheera Walton spends a great deal of time assisting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But when it came to the diagnosis of her own son Darius at age six, she was surprised by her reaction. “Being knowledgeable about it didn’t […]