Reading Rocks

Grades 1 – 8

Reading Rocks is an individualized reading intervention program designed by Brock University’s Dr. John McNamara, who specializes in Learning Disabilities. This program is designed for students in Grades 1 to 8 who are performing a minimum of one year behind in the area of literacy due to a diagnosed, identified, or suspected reading disability (dyslexia).   

Participants work one-to-one with a trained tutor to enhance their literacy skills such as phonics principles, sight word knowledge, and reading fluency. Sessions are taught using a combination of direct instruction and engaging literacy games and activities. Participants use individualized workstations to set goals and visualize their progress throughout the program in order to boost self-confidence and intrinsic motivation.

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator, Emily Eichner | eeichner@Ldaniagara.org

Participant Eligibility

Participants attending the sessions must:

  • Be in Grade 1 through 8 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.

Fall Applications Now Open!

Fall 2021 Program Details

Given the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming spring program season, the LDANR made the decision to continue our suspension of in-person programming. It has been determined that minimizing face-to-face interaction between our program participants, caregivers, and staff would be the best measure to ensure safety at this time. 

The LDANR Team have been working diligently to come up with creative solutions to continue to provide services to our program families during this challenging time. With this being noted, we are excited that we will be offering Reading Rocks online. See below for program details.

Cost: Non-LDA Member fee: $145* | LDA Member fee: $115*
Date: October 18th – December 9th
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Location: Online (via Microsoft Teams**)
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.
** In order to participate, participants must have access to a working device (e.g., computer, tablet, etc.) with microphone, camera, and internet connectivity.

Proud Community Partner:

What people are saying about Reading Rocks:

“My son sees literacy as fun at Reading Rocks. His decoding and fluency skills have improved as a result of his participation in the program. This positive engagement will result in greater confidence, perseverance and improved quality of life. My son has developed a strong rapport with his coach. He enjoys seeing her and his literacy skills have improved under her tutelage. The LDANR has done a wonderful job with their programs.”

– Reading Rocks Caregiver, Fall 2018

We are very happy with Reading Rocks. My son has improved 5 reading levels at school and his teacher is also impressed! We have gone from tears at homework time to his near complete independence. What used to take him 3 day of struggles he now completes on one morning of the weekend before we start the day! The activities that he is engaged in truly inspire him. His tutor has gone to the effort of discussing his interests and tailoring the lessons according to his tastes. This program is such a valuable asset to our community. I also believe the tutors’ passion and commitment are reflected in the relationship they build with the students which is essential to the learning process.”

– Reading Rocks Caregiver, Winter 2019

“My son has more confidence with his work now rather than feeling defeated and shutting down refusing to do the work. He loves chatting and learning with the volunteers and doesn’t refuse to go as they make it fun and tailored to his learning style. We, as parents, also don’t feel alone in navigating his learning disability as there are so many others out there in the programs that have children that struggle in certain areas too.” 

– Online Reading Rocks Caregiver, Fall 2020

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.

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Get In Touch

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

Phone: (905) 641-1021 *(Please note, we are working remotely due to COVID-19. At this time, we ask that you contact us through our info email listed above. Thank you very much!)
Fax: (905) 641-2336