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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 Coordinators, Emily Glencross | eglencross@Ldaniagara.org OR Paige Vaccarella | pvaccarrella@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.

Fall Applications Now Open!


Fall 2021 Program Details

Cost: FREE! *
Dates: October 19th – December 7th
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Tuesdays)
Location: Online (via Microsoft Teams**)
Duration: 8 weeks

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


Weekly Schedule

DateTopic
Oct. 19Introduction
Oct. 26IEPs and Accommodations
Nov. 2Strengths and Needs
Nov. 9Self-Advocacy at High-School
Nov. 16Study and Organization Techniques
Nov. 23Managing and Coping with Stress
Nov. 30Resources Available at High-School
Dec. 7Wrap-Up and Panel Discussion

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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 *(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
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