Our Programs

LDS is committed to continuing to provide our Research-Informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) programs to students. In light of COVID-19, we are providing instruction online via our RISE at Home program. As of summer 2020, we will begin a gradual return to in-person sessions including small group summer camps and in-person or online 1-to-1 instruction.

We’ve undertaken efforts to ensure that our robust, state-of-the-art online platform is both private and secure (read more here). Using this technology, we can deliver dynamic, interactive, and high-quality instruction without stoppage due to school disruptions or social distancing.   

RISE 1-to-1 Instruction

Program Highlights:

  • September in person or online **application form here**  
  • 1:1 tutoring or intensive intervention
  • Research-informed instruction
  • Progress monitoring and regular reporting to families

Program Details:

  • Date: September to June 2021
  • Location: Online or in-person
  • Sessions: 2 or more 1 hour sessions per week
  • Hours: Mon- Sat, 9am-7pm
  • Financial Assistance Available: YES

RISE 1-to-1 Instruction - Summer

**APPLY HERE**  Spaces are very limited; application does not guarantee a spot

Program Highlights: 

  • See Summer Camps for more summer options
  • 1:1 tutoring or intensive intervention; research-informed instruction 
  • Progress monitoring and regular reporting to families

Program Details: 

  • Date: July to August 2020
  • Location: Online or at Vancouver Learning Centre
  • Sessions: 2 or more 1-2 hour sessions per week
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am – 7pm
  • Financial Assistance Available: YES

Family Coaching *NEW*

Coaching can address your family’s unique needs as you strive towards a calm and connected home life while navigating learning online. Our goal is to support you as you develop the knowledge, tools, and technique to set your children up for success. 

Program Details:

  • Date: Weekdays; scheduled in advance
  • Location: Online or in person, as available
  • Sessions: 30-90 minutes
  • Financial Assistance Available: YES

Adult Program (to be confirmed; please email us if you're interested)

Program Highlights: 

  • Small group environment (online or in-person, as available)
  • Research-informed instruction
  • Progress monitoring

Program Details: 

  • Date: likely starting autumn 2020
  • Location: Online or in person
  • Sessions: TBD
  • Hours: one night per week, TBD
  • Financial Assistance Available: YES

RISE In-School Program


Our In-School Program supports children with diagnosed or suspected learning disabilities through one-on-one intensive individualized instruction at their school.

By subsidizing the cost of instruction, and providing it at the home school of the child, we remove many of the existing barriers to the educational support they need.

Why choose Learning Disabilities Society?

Explicit, Effective and Individualized Instruction = RESULTS!

Individualized Instruction

We work one-on-one with each child and their family to develop a plan for diagnosis and remediation. We assist students in achieving expected competencies in core academic skills such as literacy and numeracy.  

Research Partnership with Academic Institutions

These partnerships’ core objective is to improve writing instruction and student outcomes for elementary and secondary children struggling with writing skill development. More precisely, we aim to develop effective interventions to improve writing skills in after-school programs and evaluate writing progress during intervention to ensure that all struggling students are improving. 

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

FastBridge Program

The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST™) combines Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) and Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT) to transform the way we measure and monitor student progress in reading, math and social-emotional behaviour. 


Progress Monitoring

Ongoing progress monitoring is used to assess students academic performance, to quantify a students rate of improvement or responsiveness to instruction, and to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

Orton Gillingham Approach (OG)

The Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach is one methodology that we employ. It is a direct, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility. Self Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is rated as the best evidence-based, classroom-proven writing method helping all level of K-12 excel at writing and learning.

Self Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD)

Self Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is rated as the best evidence-based, classroom-proven writing method helping all level of K-12 excel at writing and learning.

LDS RISE Students Maintaining or Improving Standing Relative to General Classroom Norms





LDS RISE Student Results

Based on the results from a longitudinal research study conducted with the University of BC , LDS RISE students saw in 1 year a 5 percentile point improvement (e.g., moving from 25th to 30th percentile) in literacy (reading and writing) and a 3 percentile point improvement in mathematics, relative to general education norms. This means LDS students are catching up to their general classroom peers by ¼ to ½ grade level in 1 year!

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