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B.E.S.T.

Better Emotional & Social Times

Grades 3 – 5

rsz_istock_000064899121_xxxlargeThis 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 have a diagnosed or suspected learning disability and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Through small-group discussion, games, role playing and direct instruction, children learn about and build on their strengths, and develop 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 on a variety of topics.

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

Program Coordinator: Steph McCorriston | programsLdan@cogeco.net

Cost: LDA Member Program Fee – $50
(+ Family LDA membership fee – $50/year)

If you require financial assistance, please click here to complete and submit a program subsidy application.


Fall 2018 Schedule

St. Catharines
Date: October 1 – December 3
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm (Wednesdays)
Location: St. Catharines
Duration: 8 weeks

This program is generously funded by:


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

I am pleased they had exposure to mindfulness. The Chill Kit is something I have worked on with [my child] and something he continues to work on. I think it has helped in helping him identify with having ADHD and that it is ok…it has helped with his self esteem and willingness to address areas of need without feeling shame.
– B.E.S.T. Parent, Spring 2017

The St. Catharines Standard Article on B.E.S.T.!

Our Mission

Our purpose is to provide resources and support to individuals who are affected by learning disabilities within the Niagara Region. We provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services, and advance the full participation in society of children, youth and adults with learning differences.

Get In Touch

Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region
366 St. Paul Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 3N2

Ldaniagara@cogeco.net
Phone: 905-641-1021
Fax: (905) 641-2336
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