Better Emotional & Social Times

Grades 3 – 5

Better Emotional and Social Times (“B.E.S.T.”) is a small-group, self-advocacy and coping skills program for children in grades 3-5 who are experiencing secondary characteristics associated with learning difficulties (i.e., low self-esteem, poor social and/or emotional regulation) due to a diagnosed, identified, or suspected learning disability.  

Participants work on identifying their individual strengths and areas of improvement, how to seek out support when needed, and how to navigate stressful or anxiety-inducing academic situations. Sessions are taught using a combination of discussion, instruction, and engaging games and activities in both a whole-group and small-group setting. 

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

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator, Taylor Lloyd | tlloyd@LDANiagara.org

Participant Eligibility

This program is intended for students who are:

  • In Grades 3, 4, or 5 at the time of participation;
  • Diagnosed with, or suspected to have, a Learning Disability* (click here for the definition of a Learning Disability);
  • Not diagnosed/identified with an intellectual disability or have significant behavioural support needs.

*Please Note: While exceptionalities such as ADHD, Autism, Mild Intellectual Disability, etc. may impact an individual’s learning, a Learning Disability is a specific impairment and is distinct from these and other exceptionalities.

Spring 2024 applications now open!

Spring 2024 Program Details

Dates:May 15 – June 19
Days of the Week:Wednesdays
Duration:6 weeks
Time:6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location:Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Elementary School (41 Collier Road S., Thorold)**
Important Notes

* Fees subject to change. If you require financial assistance, subsidy and payment plans may be available.
**In Person location subject to change.

Proud Community Partner:


“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.”

“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.”

“I wanted to thank you and your staff for the great job that they did on the BEST program. [My son] really enjoyed the B.E.S.T. program, and he seemed to look forward to each class. I know he really admired the instructors, and they did a great job of connecting with the kids, and keeping the program on track.”

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 awareness, advocacy, research, education and services.

Registered Charity # 73291 9097 RR 0001

Get In Touch

Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region
The Branscombe Centre
1338 Fourth Avenue
Unit S215
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
L2S 0G1

Phone: (905) 641-1021
Fax: (905) 641-2336