The Rise Method

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

“Learning Disabilities Society draws from a deep pool of instructors with diverse training and experienced learning support managers to provide their multi-method RISE programming that is grounded in current education research. I commend their offering of a wide range of programming options that are current, ‘state of the field’ and enable optimization of each remedial program design.

Importantly, LDS has diligently followed a holistic approach to instructor training, remedial program development and student assessment to deliver comprehensive individualized support that is ideally suited to each student’s needs.”

– Dr. Nancy Perry, University of British Columbia Professor and Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education

A quote from Dr. Perry and Melissa Sager’s essay found here. 


What makes RISE special? 

Developed from BC’s Core Competencies, research-based curricula, and our intake process, the RISE Method offers an individualized approach to suit the learning strengths and stretches of each of our students.  

During our one-to-one instruction intake process, our staff learn about your child’s learning challenges and successes. We interview you and conduct informal assessments to help identify gaps in your child’s learning or skills

Our curricula are research-based to support our diverse students. We strive to find the right curriculum, or combination of curricula, to support each of our students.  

Our instructors include BC certified teachers, Special Education Assistants, Orton-Gillingham (OG) certified instructors, Speech-Language Pathologists and experienced inclusive education tutors. Passionate for making education accessible for everyone, our instructors meet students at their levels and work on building each student’s confidence, foundational skills, and to reignite students’ love of learning.  

With the guidance of our Learning Support Team, instructors individualize their lesson plans to target students’ learning challenges and build on their foundational skills. Instructors help students identify strategies to make learning a success in and out of the classroom.  

We work hard to match students with appropriate instructors and ensure there is a good relationship built and maintained between an instructor and student 

Like our diverse students, our instructors come to us with varying backgrounds as well. You can read more about our instructors on the Our Team page. 

Our curricula

RISE is an individualized education program – we know that each student has a unique way of learning. Therefore, we draw from a variety of curricula to develop a customized learning plan for our one-to-one instruction. Our curricula options include:

  • Read Naturally
  • Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD)
  • Orton-Gillingham (OG)
  • JUMP Math
  • Funemics
  • IXL Math
  • Reading A-Z
  • Pink Cat Educational Games
  • Words Their Way
  • Myon
  • Step Up to Writing
  • STAR Assesments 

Who is RISE for?

RISE programming is suitable for students ages 5 through 18 with a suspected or diagnosed learning difference. 

Where is it offered?

RISE programming is offered at our East Vancouver and North Vancouver locations, In-School, or online via RISE at Home.  

When are lessons?

Lessons are generally offered Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 7:00pm as well as Saturdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm.  

Lesson times vary depending on the program and the time of year.

* Dates may vary depending on interest, staffing, and physical distancing needs. 

We operate on a sliding scale fee model to ensure our services are accessible to all families.

We can discuss detailed fees and bursary support options during your intake interview.

Internal bursaries may be available for families who qualify.

Please see our Funding Page under Resources for more information on third party grants and qualification criteria.

Most of our programs qualify for BC Ministry Autism / ASD funding.

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 British Columbia, LDS RISE students saw in one year a 5 percentile point improvement (e.g. moving from the 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 a quarter or half grade level in one year!

Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and funders who make it possible for us to provide bursaries and affordable programs.

If you would like to contribute to our bursary fund, please consider making a monthly or one time donation via our Giving Page.

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