S.O.A.R. Secondary

Grades 7 & 8

With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), LDANR is excited to launch its first transition support program!

The S.O.A.R. Secondary program is a small-group, self-advocacy and coping skills program for children in grades 7-8 with a diagnosed, identified, or suspected learning disability.  This program, accompanied by a series of caregiver workshops, aims to ease the transition to high school by equipping students 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 S.O.A.R. 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. 

Program Coordinator: Paige Vaccarella | pvacarrella@Ldaniagara.org

Cost: Free pilot program!
Fees subject to change.


Winter 2021 Schedule

Dates: February 1st – April 7th *
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Mondays (Students) and Wednesdays (Caregivers)) **
Location: Online (via Microsoft Teams) ***
Duration: 8 weeks

** Programs will not run the week of February 15 – 19 (Brock Reading Week) or March 15 – 19 (March Break)

*** In order to participate, participants must have access to a working device (e.g., computer, tablet, etc.) with microphone, camera, and internet connectivity.

Student Weekly Schedule

Monday, February 1Introduction
Monday, February 8IEPs and Accommodations
Monday, February 22Strengths and Needs
Monday, March 1Self-Advocacy at High-School
Monday, March 8Study and Organization Techniques
Monday, March 22Managing and Coping with Stress
Monday, March 29Resources Available at High-School
Monday, April 5Wrap-Up

Caregiver Weekly Schedule

Wednesday, February 3The Science Behind LDs
Thursday, February 4Open Discussion
Wednesday, February 10IEPs and the IPRC Process
Wednesday, February 24Learning Profiles and the Psycho-Educational Assessment
Wednesday, March 3How your Role as an Advocate will Change
Thursday, March 4Open Discussion
Wednesday, March 10Supporting your Child’s Study Skills
Wednesday, March 24Open Discussion
Thursday, March 25Supporting your Child’s Mental Health
Wednesday, March 31Assistive Technology for Students with LD
Thursday, April 1Open Discussion
Wednesday, April 7Unlocking Creative Potential
Thursday, April 8Open Discussion

This project is generously funded by:

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

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