Transition Skills Program

Transition Skills Program – “Some Assembly Required” (SOAR)

The program focuses on the basics of learning and learning disabilities, provides an opportunity for personal skill development, and prepares students for upcoming transitions. 

Designed specifically for students in grades 6 to 12 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.

This program is offered on Saturdays for 5 weeks. Participant are grouped by age:

  • Grades 6, 7, 8 –  Saturday mornings, 1 hour per week for 5 weeks (final session is 1.5 hours long)
  • High school students grades 9 to 12 – Saturdays, 1 hour per week for 5 weeks (final session is 1.5 hours long)

In the Transition Skills 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 ad outside of school
  • Prepare to transition to high school, the workplace, college or university
  • Investigate potential career options

This Program is built off of a framework designed by LDAO (Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario), called “SOAR” or “Some Assembly Required”. 

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. Different post-secondary and career options are also discussed. Students will set goals for their future and begin investigating a career of interest. 

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

Diagnosis of a Learning Disability is not required for participation in this program, however, in the event that enrollment exceeds our class maximum, priority will be given to students with a diagnosed LD.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Grades 6, 7, 8 – Saturdays from March 28th to May 2nd (10:30am – 11:30am) 
  • High school students in Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Saturdays from March 28th to May 2nd (12:00pm – 1:00pm)

~~Please note: There are no classes held on Saturday April 11th due to Easter weekend~~

Also, the final session on Saturday May 2nd will be 1.5 hours in length for all participants. 

Location: 560 Guelph Line, Burlington (Rotary Youth Centre), L7R 3M4

Fee:  Members:  $250 for 5 sessions / Non Members: $375 for 5 sessions

The cost of annual membership is $50.00 per family, paid separately from program fees.  

To Register: Select a ticket quantity below, and click on the ‘Register Now’ button.

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 the Program Coordinator and Class Facilitator and will be shredded or returned at the conclusion of the final session. Please email all documents to  

To add your student to our wait list for the next available session, please complete the form below.  


First and Last Name

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  

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.