Better Emotional & Social Times

Grades 3 – 5

The 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.

Fall 2020 Schedule

St. Catharines
October 7th – December 2nd
6:00 – 7:30pm (Wednesdays)
Harriet Tubman Public School
8 weeks

This program is generously funded by:


“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.!

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