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Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region

Contact Details
Office Phone 905-641-1021
Fax 905-641-2336
Primary Contact Emily Glencross, Program Coordinator; Email:
Alternate Contact Sara Warriner, Project Coordinator; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Steph McCorriston, Math Coordinator; Email:
Primary Executive Samantha Sendzik, Executive Director; Email:
Alternate Executive Email:
Site Details
Areas Served Niagara Region
Located In Community St Catharines
Address & Map
Silver Spire United Church
366 St Paul St
St Catharines, ON L2R 3N2
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Intersection St Paul St and Geneva St
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) Provides support programs and information on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  
FAMILY SUPPORT Provides children and youth with support through volunteers who have successfully completed the training program. Parent program offered in St Catharines. 
READING ROCKS A one-on-one literacy support program for children in Grades 2 - 10 performing a minimum of one (1) year behind in their reading. Literacy support is provided by a trained volunteer tutor who designs an individual literacy program based on the child’s needs. The Reading Rocks program is offered in St. Catharines, Beamsville and Welland. 
READING ROCKS JUNIOR A small-group early literacy intervention program for children in ELKP and Grade 1 who require additional support with their early literacy skills. Children work on letter names/sounds, early sight words, and printing in a group setting and have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained literacy instructor in the area of their greatest need. The Reading Rocks Jr. program is offered in St. Catharines/Thorold, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Fonthill. 
LET'S R.E.A.D. (Read, Explore and Discover!) A small-group literacy support program for children in Grades 2 - 4 performing a minimum of one (1) 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 trained literacy instructor in the area of their greatest need. The Let's R.E.A.D. program is offered in St. Catharines/Thorold, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Beamsville. 
S.M.A.R.T. Math (Supporting Math Anxiety and Resilience Together) A small-group math intervention program for children in Grades 2-3 who are demonstrating difficulties in mathematics and showing signs of math anxiety. Children will work on math fact fluency (automaticity), number sense and computation (relationships between numbers, counting, etc.), and math applications (time, money, shapes, etc.) in a group setting and have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a math instructor in the area of their greatest need. The SMART math program is currently only being offered in St. Catharines in Spring 2018. 
B.E.S.T. (Better Emotional & Social Times) A small-group self-advocacy and coping skills program for children in Grades 3-5 who have a diagnosed or suspected learning disability. The program instructors lead the group of children through various activities covering topics such as self-advocating, listening skills, organization, respect, caring, manners, cooperation, coping strategies and more. 
SUMMER PROGRAM S.L.A.M. (Sunshine, Learning, Achievement & More) A full-day summer literacy program for children ages 6 - 10 performing a minimum of one (1) year behind in their reading. The program is designed to foster literacy, self-advocacy/social skills and self-esteem and includes a recreational component. 
PARENT SUPPORT H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Parent Effectively) is a parent-led support group for parents/guardians of children with ADHD. Meetings are held in St Catharines.
Hours Office Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon * Afternoons by appointment
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) - 16 year(s) 
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.
Application For application information, visit:
Languages English
Fees Membership - $50 - Annual Family Membership ; Annual Family Membership Fee: $50 (the membership fee does not guarantee a program spot)  
After School Group Programs - $105 (for 8 weeks)  
After School One on One Programs - $150 (for 8 weeks)  
Subsidy available: Fee assistance is provided by discussion with Program Coordinator in coordination with the Executive Director.
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding United Ways; Ontario Trillum Foundation; The Branscombe Family Foundation; Niagara Prosperity/Niagara Region; Niagara Community Foundation
Elections Sep
Service Categories Parent Support Groups ~ Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ; Social Skills Training ~ Children ~ Learning Disabilities ; Youth Literacy Programs
Print Material Programs & Services 
LDANR quarterly Newsletters
Events Various Fundraisers