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About LDANR PROGRAMS - please read prior to applying for any programs!

The Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region currently offers multiple programs: Reading Rocks, Reading Rocks Junior, Let's R.E.A.D., B.E.S.T., and S.L.A.M. for children and youth with learning disabilities/ADHD. 

These programs are designed to support children who are struggling with a learning disability, however the individual does not need to be formally diagnosed with a learning disability to participate. LDANR recognizes that a formal diagnosis is not always possible for families and therefore we welcome children who are struggling in their academics and social life due to an identified or suspected learning disability.

Please note applicants will be screened for other exceptionalities (i.e. autism, down syndrome, FAS, developmental delays, etc.) as LDANR's mandate is to offer programs and services for those with learning disabilities.  LDANR is not designed to treat students with severe mental health or students with severe emotional and behavioural issues. B.E.S.T. and S.L.A.M. programs are not behavioural programs, but rather programs to support children with learning disabilities through LD awareness, self-advocacy, building self-esteem and social skills.

To benefit from the program, participants much be able to learn in a small group setting. Reading Rocks is the only one-on-one program.

LIMITED SPACES in all programs!

COST

To access LDANR programs individuals/families must become LDA members (Annual $50/family). Members may have to pay a program fee when accessing programs for their children. Please see each program description for fee details or call the office for more information. 

If your interest in becoming a member is only to access programming it is highly suggested that you wait upon notice if your child has been offered a program spot. Once child has been offered a program spot and you accept you may than become a member. Program specific fees will not be collected until after the child has been accepted into the program. 

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL OR PHONE CALL FROM THE LDANR OFFICE AFTER A COUPLE DAYS OF SUBMITTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 905-641-1021.

 

What people are saying about Reading Rocks 

Reading Rocks Spring 2016 Brochure

TV Cogeco Coverage on Reading Rocks!

The Standard Article on Reading Rocks!

This program is supported and funded by United Way of St. Catharines & District, United Way of South Niagara and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Reading Rocks is an individualized, one-on-one tutoring literacy program for children 5 - 16 yrs old struggling with literacy skills. Children work one-on-one with a trained literacy tutor on phonics, sight words, fluency, comprehension, spelling and many more through fun, interactive activities.

Spring 2016:

Brock University Only:
Date: May 4 - June 1, 2016 (Mondays & Wednesdays) 
 Time: 7-8pm

*Family LDA membership fee $50/year
*5 weeks 

**Please note: Programs will NOT RUN Monday, May 23 (Victoria Day)**
 

Reading Rocks Junior
(4 - 6 years old)

What people are saying about Reading Rocks Junior 

Reading Rocks Junior on TV Cogeco

This program is supported and funded by the United Way of Niagara Falls & Greater Fort Erie (Niagara Falls & Fort Erie locations) and the Niagara Prosperity Initative through Niagara Region (St. Catharines locations).

Early literacy intervention program for children 4 - 6 yrs old struggling with early literacy skills (i.e. letter sounds, letter names, sight words). Children work in small groups (2 - 4) and one-on-one on letter names and sounds, sight words and printing through fun, interactive activities. This program is for children showing signs of struggles with literacy skills.

Spring 2016 Locations

Fort Erie

Location: Peace Bridge Public School (Click here for brochure)
Date: April 26th - June 16th (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 pm

St. Catharines

Location:
St. Nicholas Elementary School (Click here for brochure)
Date: April 26th - June 16th (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Time: 6 - 7 pm

Location: Harriet Tubman Public School (Click here for brochure)
Date: April 25th - June 20th (Mondays & Wednesdays)
Time: 6 - 7 pm


*LDA Member Program Fee: $40 - Please note that the two Reading Rocks Junior project sites will not have membership/program fee attached to it this Winter/Spring while they are project sites. If the sites remain available after the project, there will likely be a program fee attached to these sites along with the other sites. 
(Family LDA membership fee $50/year)
*8 weeks (16 Sessions)

Please note: Programs will NOT RUN Monday, May 23rd

NEW** Summer 2016 Program Location

Niagara Falls


Location:
TBD
Date: July - August (*specifics TBD)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Program applications will OPEN Tuesday, May 24th
*APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 10th.
 

Let's READ, EXPLORE, AND DISCOVER!
(Grades 2-4)


What people are saying about Let's R.E.A.D.

Let’s R.E.A.D. is a small group literacy program for children performing a minimum of one year behind in their reading. Children work on phonics, sight words, fluency, and self-regulation in a group setting and have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a literacy instructor in the area of their greatest need.

Let’s R.E.A.D. is supported and funded by the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Spring 2016 Locations

Fort Erie

Location:
Crystal Beach Public School (Click here for brochure)
Date: April 26th - June 16th (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Time: 6 - 7pm

St.Catharines/Thorold

Location: St. Charles (Click here for brochure)
Date: April 25th - June 20th (Mondays & Wednesdays)
Time: 6 - 7pm

*LDA Member Program Fee: $40
(Family LDA membership fee $50/year)
*8 weeks (16 Sessions)

Please note: Programs will NOT RUN Monday, May 23rd

Adult Support Group Program (8-weeks)

Next program not scheduled until interest is shown - please contact office if you would be interested in attending this program or monthly support groups. 905-641-1021

Program session outline (including topics and descriptions)

For adults of any age (18 years and up) who are looking to learn more about their learning disability or ADHD, coping strategies and meet other individuals going through similar challenges and experiences. This is a weekly program (rather than a drop-in) we do ask for you to let us know if you can make it, and ask for you to try and make it to each session as they build on one another. *You may bring someone for support for the first session only*

Next program not scheduled until interest is shown - please contact office if you would be interested in attending this program or monthly support groups. 905-641-1021
 
Parents Advocating - Children Excelling!

***Unfortunately, PACE is not being offered at this time - please contact the office if you have any questions. 905-641-1021 ***

However, we are offering a parent-led support group for parents/guardians of children with ADHD called H.O.P.E.(Helping Others Parent Effectively). During H.O.P.E. sessions, you can share what’s working in your family, as well as get ideas and suggestions for coping with the challenges of having a child with ADHD. 

Please click here (and scroll down to the section under HOPE) for further details of the program and how to participate.  


Links for Parents:
Special education  - parent guides DSBN  NCDSB

Better Emotional & Social Times (ages: 6 – 11 years)

What people are saying about B.E.S.T.

B.E.S.T. Spring 2016 Brochure

This self-advocacy and self-esteem program helps children gain a better understanding of their learning disability and/or ADHD, that they simply learn differently by providing explicit instruction in coping skills, understanding and interpreting body language and facial expressions. This program targets children who live with learning disabilities and students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); although an official diagnosis is not necessary. Through discussion, games, role playing and direct instruction in small groups, children learn about and build on their strengths, various coping skills and ways to interact successfully with others. We coach children how to fit in social situations with proper actions and reactions to develop their self-confidence; touching a variety of topics.

Please note this is not a 'behavioural program' and there is no one-on-one support available for behaviour issues.

Spring 2016
Date:
 May 3 - June 21, 2016 (Tuesdays)
Time: 6:00-7:30pm 
Location: Westmount Public School (Thorold) 
Dates, locations and time still tentative!

*LDA Member Program Fee: $40
(Family LDA membership fee $50/year)
*8 weeks 
*Dates, locations and time still tentative!*

**Accepting applications starting March 21st at 6:00am until April 8th at midnight!**

*Please note these programs are for children who are behind in their academics due to a learning disability 

S.L.A.M. 2016! - Sunshine Learning Achievement & More!

Literacy, Self-advocacy, Social Skills & Fun!

TV Cogeco video of our S.L.A.M. and Student Summer Transition programs!

What parents are saying about SLAM! 

SLAM Video

S.L.A.M. is a full-day literacy program for children ages 6-10 with learning disabilities/ADHD (diagnosis/identification NOT required) to keep them on their toes during the summer months. Children will spend the day involved in hands-on, engaging literacy activities and the other half of the day working on social skills through recreational activities (cooperative games, crafts, sports, swimming) all while reinforcing their self-advocacy skills. Children will work and play in a friendly, supportive environment with low adult-child ratios. Children will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a facilitator daily on their individual literacy needs. Trained therapy dogs from St. John’s Ambulance also visit the program where the children practice reading to the dogs to help improve their reading abilities!

Please note this is not a 'behavioural program' and no one-on-one support is available for behaviour issues.  
Spaces limited!

S.L.A.M. 2016 Brochure 

Standard Article on SLAM!

Niagara This Week Article on SLAM!

Full Day Program offered 9:00am - 4:00pm (extended care available): 

St. Catharines: St. Alfred Catholic Elementary School (280 Vine Street)
July 4 - 8, 2016
July 11 - 15, 2016
July 18 - 22, 2016
July 25 - 29, 2016
August 8 - 12, 2016
August 15 - 19, 2016
August 22 - 26, 2016: Final week location TBD

Niagara Falls: Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School (6559 Caswell Street) 
July 11 - 15, 2016
July 18 - 22, 2016
July 25 - 29, 2016

Welland: Niagara College (300 Woodlawn Road)
August 8 - 12, 2016
August 15 - 19, 2016
August 22 - 26, 2016
 

Cost (Per Week): $100 for LDANR members; $100 for non-members + $50 annual membership fee (2016 fees)
*Please note: There will be a $10 processing fee for all credit card transactions.

**Please indicate the week and location on your application form in the last box (Questions or Comments) when applying!

APPLICATION DATE: Accepting S.L.A.M applications starting on March 21st at 6:00am!

**Application not complete until full payment is received, forms are fully completed and supporting documents have been submitted. Prior to payment wait to receive notice that your child has been accepted into the program. 

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL OR PHONE CALL FROM THE LDANR OFFICE AFTER A COUPLE DAYS OF SUBMITTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 905-641-1021.

To apply for an LDANR program please follow these steps:

1) Fully complete form below and click submit (review form for requested information prior to beginning the form; you cannot save).
2) Submit supporting documents (i.e. most recent report card, IEP, assessments, etc. via email or fax). Documents must be in English.
3) Following screening, accepted applicants will be notified closer to the program start date
4) Following acceptance, membership/program payment will be required (if applicable). This will be discussed during the acceptance phone call.

Please note: This information will be kept strictly confidential. It will only be shared with LDANR staff, program facilitators and volunteers working with children.

Please remember these programs are designed for individuals with learning disabilities, not other exceptionalities. If unsure of eligibility, call the office prior to completing the form. 905-641-1021

*Please check:
Non-member
Current member

Expiration Month:

*Has your child participated in LDANR
programming previously?

Yes
No
 

If Yes:  
Program:
Month/Year:
*Participant’s Last Name

*Participant’s First Name
*Birth Date
*Age
*Grade
*Guardian's Last Name
*Guardian's First Name
*Address
*City
*Postal Code
   

Phone number of where the parent and/or guardian can be reached during the class.

(Mother) Home
(Mother) Cell
(Father) Home
(Father) Cell
*(Guardian) Home
*(Guardian) Cell
   

*** Please note that our main correspondence is via email;
please ensure agency has most current email address at all times ***

*Email Address
*Who does the child reside with?
*Who has custody of the child?
Doctor
Doctor's Phone Number
   
Emergency Contact other than names listed above:
*Name
*Phone Number
Name
Phone Number
   
*Person(s) Dropping Off and Picking Up
Mom
Dad
Other
 
Name of Other
Phone Number of Other

GUARDIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO INFORM LDANR IF THEIR CHILD IS
GOING TO BE PICKED UP BY A PERSON OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED ABOVE.

   

*Does your child have a formal diagnosis of a
learning disability? (i.e. reading disability, APD)

Please visit resource page for the LDAC
definition of a learning disability.

To be accepted into the program your child
does not have to be formally diagnosed with a
learning disability.

Yes Type of LD:
No    
I don't know    
 
   

If Yes:  
Who made the diagnosis ?
When?
   
*Is your child diagnosed with other exceptionalities
(i.e. AD(H)D, OCD, Autism, Intellectual Disability)?
Please list all exceptionalities and dates of diagnosis.
If your child receives any special education
support through school what category is your
child placed in through the school? If unsure,
ask your child’s teacher.
*Specify what areas your child struggles with
because of their learning disability even if they
do not have an official diagnosis.
(i.e. social skills, reading difficulties).
What are your child’s strengths and weaknesses
in relation to their learning disability?
 
*Strengths
*Weaknesses

*Does your child tire quickly when doing
academic tasks? 

Yes
No
 
*How does your child function in a group
(i.e. size of the group)?
*Please identify any behavioural issues
LDANR should be aware of (i.e. aggression)
*Does your child follow verbal directions well?
*Does your child follow written directions well?
Does your child have any special interests,
abilities, hobbies, sports?
What embarrasses your child most
(i.e. difficulties in group setting)?

Is there any additional information you would like
us to know about your child?

*School child is currently attending

*Present Grade
*Academic Level (MUST provide grade level of
performance; if unsure ask child’s teacher
)
Reading:
Spelling:
Writing:
Math:

*Is your child currently on an IEP?
(If yes, please submit a copy of the IEP with other
supporting documents after completing this
application.)

Yes
No
 

*Present Placement:

Regular Class
Regular withdrawl support
Special Class
Specify

*Does your child have any allergies or
nutritional alerts?

*Will your child need to have medication
administered during the program? Please
note medication will only be administered
by LDANR during day programs.

Yes
No
 
Does you child have:
Corrective Lenses
Hearing Impairment
Hearing Aid(s)
Has your child participated in:
Speech Therapy
Visual Therapy
Motor Therapy
Psychotherapy

Program Selection

*Please select which programs you are applying for
(visit the program page on the website to read about the program specifics):

Reading Rocks! (ages: 5 – 16 years)
** there is $50.00 membership fee for non-members
   
Reading Rocks Junior (ages: 4 – 6 years)
   
Let's R.E.A.D
   
B.E.S.T. (ages: 6 – 11 years)
** there is $50.00 membership fee for non-members
   
March Break Boost! (Ages: 6 – 12 years)
See website for program cost
   
Sunshine Learning Achievement & More! (Ages: 6 – 12 years)
See website for program cost
   
P.A.C.E. (Parents/ Guardians)
** there is a $20.00 program fee
   
Adult Support Group Program (18 years and up)
   
Other
(if you are applying for a program that is not listed please check other and indicate on form or in comment box what program you are applying to and location).
 
   
 

*Please select the location you wish to participate in the program you’ve chosen (please visit the program page on the website to check which locations the program is currently being offered in):

St. Catharines
Thorold
Welland
Beamsville
Niagara Falls
Port Colborne
Fort Erie
Niagara-on-the-Lake
 

 


Waivers and Conditions of Enrollment:

  1. I hereby authorize photographs and/or videotaping to be taken of my child while at the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region for the purpose of promoting the Literacy or Social Skills programs.
  1. I hereby authorize the administration of any and all emergency medical attention that my child might require as a result of injury or sickness while attending Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region programs.
  1. The parent or guardian of the above-named participant, releases the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region, its directors, staff, agents and members from any loss, personal injury, accident, misfortune or damage to the above-named or his/her property, with the understanding that reasonable precautions shall be taken to ensure the health and safety of the above-named participant.
  1. For the program to be effective and out of respect for volunteers and spot taken we ask families to commit to attending each session of the program. If attendance is irregular or too many sessions have been missed the participant will be asked to leave the program to open the spot up to another participant.
  1. For the safety of the volunteer staff and other participants, LDANR has the right and responsibility to take actions such as phone calls home and possible dismissal from program if a child exhibits continual inappropriate behaviour. 
  1. Programs are provided for LDANR members.  To participate in Reading Rocks, Reading Rocks Junior, Let'S READ, BEST or SLAM the individual/family must be members of the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region. Please see the Membership page at www.ldaniagara.org. You may want to become a member AFTER your child has been accepted into programming.
  1. For a program to run, enough eligible participants have to apply for the program.  If there is low enrollment LDANR has the right to cancel any program at any time.
  1. PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS AND CANCELLATION POLICIES 

Prior to making any payments please wait to receive notice of your child's acceptance into the program you've applied for.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made at least one week prior to program start in order to recieve a refund and a $10 administration fee may apply. Cancellation for SLAM must be made two weeks prior to program starting in order to receive the refund.
Please note that membership payments cannot be refunded. 

Deadline for applications for all programs is two weeks prior to the start date of the program unless stated otherwise.

APPLICATION FORMS THAT ARE INCOMPLETE OR THAT DO NOT HAVE THE RELEVANT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

If you do not receive a confirmation/thank you message after submitting your application please contact the office to see if we received anything. 905-641-1021.

I have read and hereby accept the above waivers and conditions of enrollement and give the LDANR permission to share my child’s information with the appropriate staff and program volunteers.

I give consent to add my email address to any future mailing lists or notifications sent by LDANR.


If submitting this form online, please be sure to sign a copy of the form at the first session/day of programming.

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