Some Assembly Required (SOAR) Transition Skills Program

This 8 week program focuses on the basics of learning and Learning Disabilities, provides an opportunity for personal skill development, and prepares students for their upcoming transition into high school.

Designed specifically for students in grades 6 – 10 as they begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school – building self-awareness, how to develop strong learning skills and work habits, and become a self-advocate in the learning process.

*Please note: We are currently adapting this program to also meet the needs of students in Grades 11 and 12

About the Program:

In this program, students will:

  • Identify their own Strengths & Needs
  • Understand their preferred learning style and how this relates to their own diagnosis (e.g., Learning Disability and / or ADHD)
  • Develop self-advocacy skills and understand the importance of being involved in their own learning
  • Discuss strategies to develop strong learning skills and work habits (e.g., organization, responsibility, time management, etc.)
  • Build study skills for test and exam preparation
  • Learn how to navigate common social situations both inside and outside of school
  • Prepare to transition/adapt to high school

Course Outline and Key Outcomes – The course work is divided into three main sections: 

Section 1 – Me & My LD: Looks at how people learn, and how students choose their academic focuses through their learning styles, interests, and abilities. It explains how a learning disability impacts learning, and what can be done to overcome these challenges.  It gives students an opportunity to take a closer look at their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and understand the tools and resources available to them.  

Section 2 – Skills for Success: Explores learning skills and work habits and how they impact success at school (e.g., from daily work to larger projects and assignments). Provides students with strategies and tools that they can use to develop and refine these skills. Students will also be given tips on how to study for tests and exams. Each student will complete a small project to practice applying their skills.

Section 3 – Making Choices for the Future: Prepares students for the changes and choices that will come in high school, including strategies for staying organized and on top of schoolwork, and how to navigate common social situations. 

*Students MUST know that they have a Learning Disability and an IEP in order to benefit from the Transition Skills Program.

Funding for this project is provided by:
Alice Jean Ainsworth Memorial Fund Hamilton Community Foundation
**Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this publication/website do not necessarily reflect those of Hamilton Community Foundation.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton follows and will continue to follow all Public Health guidelines and requirements for the operation of its in-person programs.  However, due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 and it’s affect on the Halton-Hamilton area, the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton reserves the right to transition all in-person classes to a virtual environment in accordance to any recommendation by Health Canada. When signing up for this program, you agree that in-person classes may be held online when deemed necessary. No refunds will be applicable in the case that classes continue in-person and families choose to withdraw, but applicants will have the choice to withdraw if classes transition to online-based learning.
Upcoming Dates & Fees

8 Week Program

Junior: TBD

Prices: $250 (Members) $325 (Non-Members)

**Subsidies up to 90% of fee available through request, for a subsidy form contact info@ldahh.ca**


Required documents: Please note that a copy of the student’s psych-ed assessment and current IEP must be provided at the point of registration in order to enroll your student into this program. Required documents are shared only with program staff. Please email all documents to info@Ldahh.ca  

Program Cancellation Policy:

50% of the registration fee will be refunded for any program cancellation received 2 weeks prior to the first class. 

Please contact us for any cancellation questions at info@Ldahh.ca  

Many of our programs have limited space available as we aim to provide a low student to teacher ratio; unfortunately space cannot be held for any student until payment is received. 

We reserve the right to cancel program sessions if minimum numbers are not reached.