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Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region

Public Comments In December 2020, location moved from Silver Spire United Church (366 St Paul St) to the Branscombe Centre (1338 Fourth Ave, Unit S215).
Contact Details
Office Phone 905-641-1021
Fax 905-641-2336
Primary Contact Madeline Zoelman, Program Coordinator; Email:
Alternate Contact Sara Warriner, Project 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
Branscombe Centre
1338 Fourth Ave, Unit S215
St Catharines, ON L2S 0G1
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Intersection Fourth Ave and Third St Louth
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) COVID-19: Staff are working remotely. Voicemail is not checked regularly. Staff are best reached via email at this time. 
Provides support programs and information on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
JUMP Math (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) A one-on-one math intervention program for children in Grades 1 through 8 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.) with a qualified numeracy tutor for 16 sessions.  
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. 
SOAR TRANSITION PROGRAMS A small group program designed to help children and youth with an IEP transition into either high school or post-secondary school. The program instructors facilitate sessions looking at accommodations, self-advocacy, and academic skills. There is a corresponding parent-support program which helps parents understand psycho-educational assessments, the science behind LDs, and how to support their child.
Hours Office Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon * Afternoons by appointment
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) - 18 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 Social Skills Training ~ Children ~ Learning Disabilities ; Youth Literacy Programs
Print Material Programs & Services 
LDANR quarterly Newsletters
Events Various Fundraisers