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Organization: Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region  
Phone Numbers: 905-641-1021
Fax: 905-641-2336
Silver Spire United Church
366 St Paul St
St Catharines, ON
L2R 3N2
Intersection: St Paul St and Geneva St
Location: rear of the church
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Office Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon * Afternoons by appointment * H.O.P.E. Wed 7 pm-8:30 pm * S.L.A.M Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm
Executives: Ashley Short - Executive Director
Samantha Sendzik - Executive Director (Maternity Leave Coverage)
Contacts: Sarah Farrell - Program Coordinator
Chantelle Kurzawa - Project Coordinator
Service Description: Provides support programs and information on learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder.

FAMILY SUPPORT Provides children and adolescents with support through volunteers who have successfully completed the training program. Parent program offered in St Catharines.

CHILDREN READING ROCKS: A one-on-one literacy program for children provided by a trained volunteer tutor who designs an individual literacy program based on child’s needs. Program runs in St Catharines, Beamsville and Welland.

READING ROCKS JUNIOR A small group early intervention literacy program for children running in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, St Catharines, Thorold, South Niagara, for families with children needing extra support in their early literacy skills.

LET'S R.E.A.D. (Read, Explore and Discover!) A small group literacy program for children performing a minimum of one year behind in their reading. Children work on phonics, sight words, fluency, and self-regulation in a group setting and have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a literacy instructor in the area of their greatest need. The program runs in St Catharines/Thorold, Fort Erie and Port Colborne.

CHILDREN SOCIAL SKILLS B.E.S.T. (Better Emotional & Social Times) a small group program for children to develop their social skills and self-advocacy skills. A facilitator leads a group of children through various activities covering topics such as self-advocating, listening skills, organization, respect, caring, manners, cooperation, strategies and more.

PARENT SUPPORT H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Parent Effectively) a parent-led support group for parents/guardians of children with ADHD. Meetings are held in St Catharines.

LENDING LIBRARY Specialty books are available to members of LDANR without charge. Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Teaching/Learning Strategies, Parenting, Tourette Syndrome etc.

SUMMER PROGRAM S.L.A.M. (Sunshine, Learning, Achievement & More) A full-day summer literacy program for children with reading difficulties designed to foster literacy, self-advocacy/social skills and self-esteem. Includes a recreational component.

Fees: Membership - $50 - Annual Family Membership * Program - usually only a membership is required to access programs at no additional cost. SLAM does have a weekly fee - see website for details. * For more information, visit website (see Membership page). Ple
Application: Visit website or walk-in to purchase membership
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: Reading Rocks Junior ages 4-6; Reading Rocks ages 5-16; B.E.S.T ages 6–11; Let's R.E.A.D. grades 2-4; S.L.A.M ages 6-10

These programs are designed to support children who are struggling with a learning disability, however the individual does not need to be formally diagnosed with a learning disability to participate. LDANR recognizes that a formal diagnosis is not always possible for families and therefore children who are struggling in their academics and social life due to an identified or suspected learning disability are welcomed. Children must demonstrate a reading struggle and reading below grade level to be eligible for programs.

Applicants will be screened for other exceptionalities (i.e. autism, down syndrome, FAS, developmental delays, etc.) as LDANR's mandate is to offer programs and services for those with learning disabilities. LDANR is not designed to treat students with severe mental health or students with severe emotional and behavioural issues. B.E.S.T. and S.L.A.M. programs are not behavioural programs, but rather programs to support children with learning disabilities through LD awareness, self-advocacy, building self-esteem and social skills.
Languages: English
Area(s) Served: Niagara Region
See Also: Advocacy and Social Action for People with Disabilities
Diseases and Conditions Support Groups
Learning Disabilities
Parenting Education
Tourette Syndrome

This information was last completely updated on 4/26/2016

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