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 Taylor Lloyd, Coordinator – Social and Community Programming | tlloyd@LDANiagara.org

Program 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.
While exceptionalities such as 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 Applications Now Open!

We are still accepting applications for the Spring season.
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Program Details

Days of the Week
In Person Location
May 14 - June 19
Days of the Week
6 weeks
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Elementary School (41 Collier Road S., Thorold)**

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

Participant Testimonials


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