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SOAR Secondary

Grades 7 & 8

The SOAR Secondary program is a small-group high-school transition support program for children in Grades 7 and 8 with a diagnosed, identified, or suspected learning disability. This program aims to prepare students for the transition to secondary by equipping them with the necessary skills to navigate their new school environment and advocate for their learning needs, thus fostering strong socio-emotional skills to set them up for success. 

In SOAR Secondary, participants work on identifying their individual strengths and areas of improvement, communicating their needs, and developing strategies to prepare for a positive transition to high-school. Sessions are taught using a combination of discussion, instruction, and engaging activities. 

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator, Madi Maguire | mmaguire@LDANiagara.org


Participant Eligibility

Participants attending the sessions must:

  • Be in Grade 7 or 8 at the time of participation;
  • Have a diagnosed or suspected Learning Disability or ADHD;
  • Have an Individual Education Plan (IEP);
  • Not be diagnosed/identified with an intellectual disability or have significant behavioural support needs.

Winter Program Applications Now Open!


Winter 2023 Program Details

Cost: Free! *
Dates:January 31 – April 4 **
Days of the Week:Tuesdays
Duration:8 weeks (see schedule below)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location:Online (Microsoft Teams)
Important Notes

* 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.
** Programs will not run the week of February 20th – 24th (Brock University Reading Week) and the week of March 13th – 17th (March Break)


Weekly Schedule

DateTopic
Week 1Introduction
Week 2IEPs and Accommodations
Week 3Strengths and Needs
Week 4Self-Advocacy at High-School
Week 5Study and Organization Techniques
Week 6Managing and Coping with Stress
Week 7Resources Available at High-School
Week 8Wrap-Up and Panel Discussion

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Testimonials

“My daughter is a bit shy and anxious when her surroundings change. This program was recommended to assist her when she goes to high school. My daughter developed an understanding of her learning abilities and disabilities. She was shown some strategies and techniques to help her studies. Since the program, my daughter is less anxious. The SOAR Secondary Program helped her calm down and work through her struggles. My daughter now recognizes where she needs help and how to deal with it, which will help her throughout her life. This is an excellent program! We didn’t need to force my daughter to go online. She was ready for each session and happy to participate.” 

“I thought the SOAR Secondary Program sessions were very informative. After the sessions, my daughter would come tell us about the different sessions, her thoughts, and ideas. We noticed throughout the sessions that our daughter gained more confidence and became more comfortable talking about high school. Our daughter is now excited to go to high school!” 

 “My son thoroughly enjoyed the SOAR Secondary Program. My son with ADHD and anxiety was very nervous about the transition to high school but he is now looking forward to visiting his new high school for a tour! My son is now enthusiastic about starting high school. He has gone from being anxious and asking a lot of questions, to being enthusiastic and excited about the change. This program really helped my son, he is so much more positive!

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

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