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B.E.S.T.

Better Emotional & Social Times

Grades 3 – 5

The Better Emotional and Social Times (B.E.S.T.) program 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 that 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, Emily Glencross | eglencross@Ldaniagara.org


Participant Eligibility

Participants attending the sessions must:

  • Be in Grades 3-5 at the time of participation;
  • Have a diagnosed or suspected Learning Disability or ADHD;
  • Not be diagnosed/identified with an intellectual disability or have significant behavioural support needs.

Winter Applications Open November 22nd at 6:00 am!


Winter 2022 Program Details

Given the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming Winter season, the LDANR will determine the program format by the beginning of January. We are anticipating that we will be able to offer some of our program spots in-person while keeping some of them online.

The LDANR Team will continue to work diligently to offer programs and services to our families regardless of the program format.

Cost: Non-LDA Member fee: $110*   |   LDA Member fee: $75*
Date: February 2nd – April 6th, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Wednesdays)
Location: TBD**
Duration: 8 weeks

* Fees subject to change. 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.
** The LDANR will update all program applicants and the general public via our social media and website how the program will be offered by early January.


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Testimonials

“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

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.

Registered Charity # 73291 9097 RR 0001

Get In Touch

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

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