Continuing Medical Education

6. Who Does What?

Louise Delisle, Linda Delisle and Katia Sirois  |  2014-10-10

Assessing and treating ADHD requires a multidisciplinary process.
The table below sorts out the roles of the various health professionals who work
with patients with ADHD.

Louise Delisle, RN, and Linda Delisle, psychologist, practise at Clinique Focus, affiliated with the Centre médical l’Hêtrière in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures. Dr. Katia Sirois, neuropsychologist, also practises at Clinique Focus and at the Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec.

Professional bodies and associations with members involved in ADHD assessment or treatment in the province of Québec

h Collège des médecins du Québec

h Ordre des psychologues du Québec

h Ordre des psychoéducateurs du Québec*

h Ordre des conseillers en orientation du Québec*

h Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec

h Ordre des travailleurs sociaux du Québec*

h Ordre des infirmières et des infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ)

h Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec

h Association des éducateurs
et éducatrices en milieu familial du Québec

h Association des orthopédagogues du Québec (ADOQ)

h Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec

h Association des pédiatres du Québec (APQ)

h Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens
du Québec (FMOQ)

* In effect since September 20, 2012, Bill 21 redefines the scope of practice for this profession and, under certain conditions, gives access to the title of psychotherapist and to the practice of psychotherapy.

Other useful links specifically for ADHD

The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance is an association of professionals specialized in ADHD who are dedicated to research, education, training and advocacy in the area of ADHD. CADDRA holds an annual conference. Their website contains the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines, assessment kits (with videos), an e-learning portal and other resources.

The Regroupement d’associations de parents PANDA* du Québec. This group of associations for families who have children with ADHD have offices in Québec that offer information and support. They work in conjunction with representatives from the fields of education, health care and social services. This coalition also holds an annual conference.

This site links to other ADHD resources.

Intended for the general public and health professionals, this site contains a variety of links, resources, questionnaires, suggested readings and videos, ADHD conference announcements and even online self-teaching tools. See the “Practical Tips” section for advice on effective ways to manage ADHD.

See the “Portfolios” section for ADHD clinical assessment kits by age group and the “Tips” section for advice on effective ways to manage ADHD.

* PANDA: personnes aptes à négocier avec le TDAH (persons able to deal with ADHD)


Mini-glossary of terms for understanding psychology and neuropsychology reports

h Vigilance: the ability to recognize a stimulus even when focusing on something else for a long time (e.g., hearing the alarm bell while writing an exam).

h Sustained attention: the ability to remain focused on a task, to concentrate for 15 to 30 minutes for adults and for 5 to 15 minutes for children or teens.

h Selective attention: the ability to focus on one particular stimulus and to tune out distractions.

h Shared or divided attention: the ability to simultaneously deal with two stimuli (e.g., doing two things at the same time).

h Alternating attention: the ability to switch your attention from one stimulus to another (e.g., in class, looking up at the board and then writing notes down in a notebook).

h Working memory: the ability to retain information in a short term, for a few seconds or a few minutes, and to perform cognitive (mental) operations on the information, such as dialling a phone number or doing mental arithmetic.

h Executive functions: a set of processes (e.g., planning, organization, control, mental flexibility) that allows people to intentionally regulate their thoughts and actions in order to achieve their purposes. //

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