LDS offers resources, workshops and consultation to educators and professionals who would like to enhance their understanding of how to best serve and support diverse learners.

RISE Method

Our tutoring and instruction programs follow our unique Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) methodology. Our emphasis is on providing customized programming that is designed specifically to meet the needs of diverse learners.

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At LDS we are passionate about equipping people with knowledge and information about learning differences and how to support and advocate for individuals and groups with learning differences in educational, social, work, and community settings.

LDS provides a variety of workshops to educators. Our team also offers customized workshops for your context, bringing our extensive expertise and experience to address pressing questions and issues around how we support diverse learners.

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LDS is actively involved in engaging in research to support evidence-based practices in education. LDS has current research partnerships with The University of Waterloo’s Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory, and the UBC Faculty of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. Additionally, LDS staff and board members also have a long history of research that contributes to knowledge and evidence-based practice in the areas of learning differences, education, teacher education, and early years.

User evaluation of social robots as a tool in one-to-one instructional settings for students with learning disabilities. In Social Robotics: 14th International Conference, ICSR 2022, Florence, Italy, December 13–16, 2022, Proceedings, Part II (pp. 146-159). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland. Azizi, N., Chandra, S., Gray, M., Fane, J., Sager, M., & Dautenhahn, K. (2023, February). Link
An Initial Investigation into the Use of Social Robots within an Existing Educational Program for Students with Learning Disabilities. 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2022): Napoli, Italy. Aug 29 – Sept 02. Azizi, N., Chandra, S., Gray, M., Sager, M., Fane, J., Dautenhahn, K. (2022). Link
Interdisciplinary early intervention to support the inclusion of children with developmental disabilities. [Poster Presentation #134] 14th International Developmental Coordination Disorder Conference: Vancouver, BC. Fane, J. (2022, July 7 – 9). Link
Preschool-aged children’s accounts of their own wellbeing: Are current indicators applicable? Child Indicators Research. Fane, J., MacDougall, C., Jovanovic, J., Redmond, G., & Gibbs, L. (2020). Link
The Sociology of Early Childhood: Young Children’s Lives and Worlds. New York, New York: Routledge. Andrew, Y. & Fane, J. (2019)
Recognizing early childhood as a critical time for developing and supporting self-regulation. Metacognition and Learning, 14(3), 327-334. Perry, N. E. (2019).
Exploring the use of emoji as a visual research method for eliciting children’s voices in childhood research. Early Child Development and Care. 188(3) pp. 359-374. Fane, J., MacDougall, C., Redmond, G., Jovanovic, J., & Gibbs, L. (2018). Link
Developing self-regulating learners. New Jersey: Pearson Canada Incorporated. Butler, D. L., Schnellert, L., & Perry, N. E. (2017).
Young children’s health and wellbeing across the transition to school: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis. Children Australia, 41(2), 126-140. Fane, J., MacDougall, C., Redmond, G., Jovanovic, J., & Ward, P. (2016). Link
Reactivity to stress and the cognitive components of math disability in grade 1 children. Journal of learning disabilities, 47(4), 349-365. MacKinnon McQuarrie, M. A., Siegel, L. S., Perry, N. E., & Weinberg, J. (2014).
Creating classroom contexts that support young children’s development of self-regulated learning. International Journal of Educational Research, 33(7-8), 821-843. Perry, N. E., & VandeKamp, K. J. (2000).
The efficacy of a self-questioning summarization strategy for use by underachievers and learning disabled adolescents in social studies. Learning Disabilities Focus. Wong, B. Y., Wong, R., Perry, N., & Sawatsky, D. (1986).

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