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B.E.S.T.

Better Emotional & Social Times

Grades 3 – 5

rsz_istock_000064899121_xxxlargeThe Better Emotional and Social Times (B.E.S.T.) program is a small-group, self-advocacy program designed for students in grades 3-5 struggling in school due to a diagnosed, identified, or suspected learning disability. The B.E.S.T. program is designed to assist students with the secondary characteristics (i.e. low self-esteem, poor social and/or emotional regulation) associated with learning difficulties. The B.E.S.T. program seeks to better equip these students with the self-advocacy and coping skills necessary to achieve success in the school environment. The goal of the B.E.S.T. program is to improve the participant’s ability to identify individual strengths and areas of improvement as well as how to seek out support when needed. Furthermore, the B.E.S.T. program aims to provide participants with coping skills to navigate stressful or anxiety-inducing academic situations.

Please note that the B.E.S.T. program is not a behavioural support program and is not equipped to assist with disruptive behaviours.

Program Coordinator: Emily Glencross | eglencross@Ldaniagara.org

Cost: Non-LDA Member fee: $105   |   LDA Member fee: $70

An annual family LDA Membership fee is $50. For more information on the LDA Membership program click here.

*If you require financial assistance, subsidy and payment plans may be available.


Winter 2020 Schedule

*Locations subject to change
**Programs will not run during the week of  February 17th-21st, and March 16th-20th

St. Catharines
Date: January 29th – April 1st, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm (Wednesdays)
Location: Harriet Tubman Public School
Duration: 8 weeks

This program is generously funded by:


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

“My son loved B.E.S.T! He loved seeing his friends and the positive outcomes of managing his emotions.  He really enjoyed the connections that he made with the staff as well as the other kids.”

– B.E.S.T. Caregiver, Spring 2018

“My son thoroughly enjoys his time at the B.E.S.T. program. He learned some great techniques to help him with his frustration and he has a great time at each class. The instructors are very kind and patient.”
– B.E.S.T. Caregiver, Spring 2019

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.

Get In Touch

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

info@ldaniagara.org
Phone: (905) 641-1021
Fax: (905) 641-2336
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