The Better Emotional and Social Times (B.E.S.T.) program is a small-group, self-advocacy and coping skills program for children in grades 3-6 who are experiencing secondary characteristics associated with learning difficulties (i.e., low self-esteem, poor social and/or emotional regulation) due to a diagnosed, identified, or suspected learning disability.
Participants work on identifying their individual strengths and areas of improvement, how to seek out support when needed, and how to navigate stressful or anxiety-inducing academic situations. Sessions are taught using a combination of discussion, instruction, and engaging games and activities in both a whole-group and small-group setting.
BEST Foundations is the first part of a 3-part program and must be completed before registering for BEST Friendships, BEST Emotions and Lego Club. BEST Foundations covers group behaviour; listening; following instructions, understanding body language; sportsmanship; and accepting the consequences/saying sorry.
Program Fee: $200 for non-LDA members or $150.00 for LDA members per 7-week session. (Subsidies may be available. Please enquire firstname.lastname@example.org)
Participants attending the sessions must:
- Have a diagnosed or suspected Learning Disability or ADHD;
- Not be diagnosed/identified with an intellectual disability or significant behavioural support needs.
This is a continuous intake program.