Forms & Resources.
We have provided a list of resources sorted by category below. Simply click on the topic of interest and click to download PDF files or to visit other online resources. If you can't find a specific resource, please contact the Associate Pediatrics Clinic.
Has your child’s teacher or caregiver raised concerns over their attention and focus? Are they falling behind in school? It could be Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood and can profoundly affect the academic achievement, well-being, and social interactions of children. To help us accurately evaluate if this diagnosis fits for your child, we will ask for parents and teachers to fill out rating scales on the website below. As other issues may be present as well, we may also ask for other assessments to be done; such as a learning assessment from a psychologist, hearing test, vision test and possibly a mental health assessment.
Evidence shows that a combination of behavioural strategies and stimulant medication is the most effective treatment for ADHD. Should we feel that a stimulant medication may be warranted for your child, please see below for a sample of medication trial instructions.
Link: ADHD Rating Scales (www.adhdratingscales.com)
- ADHD Information – Provides Practical tips – https://www.cliniquefocus.com/home.php
- ADHD Families – CanLearn Society – http://www.adhdfamilies.ca/
- ADHD Resource Centre of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry –http://www.aacap.org/
- ADHD information from the National Institute of Mental Health – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/adhd booklet.pdf
- CADDAC (Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada) –http://www.caddac.ca/
- CADDRA (Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance) – http://www.caddra.ca/
- CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Family & Community Resource Centre – http://fcrc.albertahealthservices.ca/health-information/adhd/
- Sunridge Primary Mental Health Clinic – Assessment and treatment of Adult ADHD
- A physician needs to send a referral to Access Mental Health and ask for this clinic
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. There is not one autism but many types, reflected by the wide variation of challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. This leads us to say children are on a “spectrum”.
The evaluation process typically involves being seen by a physician at our office, and if we deem warranted, being seen by the Child Development Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Some families chose to have private evaluations done my psychologists in the community. On occasion the diagnosis can be made solely at our clinic.
According to the latest estimates (March 2014) from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)”. This represents a 30% increase in the prevalence rate previously reported by the CDC. Research pertaining to the genetic and environmental causes of this disorder is ongoing.
Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. We urge parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.
After direct trauma to the head, your child may have been diagnosed with a concussion. This can certainly be a scary experience as a parent, and it is very important to know when to seek further medical help, and how to minimize any long-term effects:
Children can suffer from various types of headaches, including migraine. It is important to recognize the possible triggers, and know what steps can be taken to help with your child’s discomfort. Your pediatrician may ask you to keep a “Journal” (see below), to help give us a better idea of the frequency and further details around these events.
- HEADACHES – AHS Document
- Headache Journal: http://www.headaches.org/headache-diary-keeping-a-diary-can-help-your-doctor-help-you/
There are some general pediatric topics that we have picked out, and have outlined some useful resources for this.
- Head Shape
- Pill Swallowing
- Screen Time
- For Kids under 5: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/screen-time-and-young-children
- What Every Parent Should Know: http://mediasmarts.ca/blog/what-every-parent-should-know-about-screen-time-expert-advice, https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/screen-time-and-young-children
- Screen Time Healthy Habits: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/screen-time-at-home-healthy-habits
- Sexual Health & Puberty
- Emergency Contraception
- Sexual Orientation
- Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC): Sexuality Resources http://fcrc.albertahealthservices.ca/health-information/library/information-prescriptions/sexuality/
- Calgary Sexual Health Center – General Information – Calgary Sexual Health Centre https://www.calgarysexualhealth.ca/sexual-health-info/sexual-orientation/
- Calgary Sexual Health Center – Counseling services https://www.calgarysexualhealth.ca/programs-workshops/counselling/
- Calgary Outlink – http://www.calgaryoutlink.ca/ Group For Youth Program http://www.calgaryoutlink.ca/inside-out Peer Support Line calgaryoutlink.ca/outisok/
- Resource List calgaryoutlink.ca/lgbtq-resource-book/
- Youthsafe – a guide to Alberta’s Resources for LGBTQ Youth http://www.youthsafe.net/
- Camp Fyrefly – http://www.fyrefly.ualberta.ca/ – Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transidentified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth.
- Sexual Orientation – Kids Help Phone: https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/InfoBooth/LGBTQ/SexualOrientation.aspx
- Mosaic Youth Group: a peer facilitated group for LGBTQ youth, as well as queer friendly allies, ages 10 to 25. As a branch from the Miscellaneous Youth Network, this group is also a provider of safe spaces for youth involving fun activities and education into their community. As a youth group run specifically by youth. Wednesday evening from 7 – 10 pmin the Common Room of the Old Y Building (223 12 Ave SW) 403-282-0127
- PLAG https://pflagcanada.ca/
- Youthline LGBT Peer support – by phone, text, chat or email http://www.youthline.ca/get-support/ways-we-support/
- LGBTQ and Mental Health Correlation Information http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/wpcontent/uploads/woocommerce_uploads/2011/06/RHO_FactSheet_LGBTQMENTALHEALTH E.pdf
- Youth Sharing Their Stories about “coming out” https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/InfoBooth/LGBTQ/SexualOrientation/ComingOutStories.aspx
- Genderbread Person – Idiographic Picture http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2011/11/breaking-through-the-binary-genderexplained-using-continuums/
HEAL (Health Education and Learning) is a resource aimed at providing families across Alberta easily accessible, reliable information about common minor illness and injuries in children. The content provided in the HEAL program comes directly from the Pediatric Emergency Medicine experts at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Click here to find general information about the causes, symptoms and home management options for common minor illnesses and injuries, and when to seek medical care.
- croup, cough and wheeze,
- common cold, ear pain, head injury,
- vomiting and diarrhea, fever, febrile seizures,
- rashes and influenza
Another great resource for common illnesses is from Caring for Kids, a website from the Canadian Pediatric Society.
- Chickenpox, Colds, Dehydration and diarrhea,
- Ear infections, Febrile seizures, Feverand temperature taking,
- Fifth disease, Giardia, HPV, Hand, foot and mouth disease,
- Head lice, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Impetigo,
- Influenza, Lyme disease, Measles,
- Meningococcal disease, Molluscum contagiosum, Mumps,
- Whooping cough, Pinkeye, Pinworms, Pneumococcal infections,
- RSV, Ringworm, Roseola, Rotavirus, Scabies, Strep throat,
- Thrush and Urinary tract infections
Feel like your child is always getting sick? Check out this great handout from the Canadian Pediatric Society about how illnesses are spread, what you can do to help your child through the illness, and what to do to help prevent catching them.
We will often suggest the involvement of some allied health specialists to assist in your child’s development, treatment, or general health surveillance. We have provided some local contacts to help navigate “where to go”.
- Speech & Language Pathology (SLP)
- Public SLP Preschool kids (0-5 yrs) 403-955-1300
- Public SLP School age kids-resources are through the school
- Private SLP (any age): https://asapp.ca/
- Calgary Youth Physiotherapy: http://calgaryyouthphysio.com/
- Occupational Therapists: