Children &Youth

Programs for Children and Youth

Here is a list of programs that we offer at various locations throughout the year.

Real Reading Tutoring Program

For children aged 7 to 14 that are at least one year behind in reading and/or writing achievement.  Trained tutors work one to one with students to develop their reading, comprehension, writing, and spelling skills under the direction of a certified teacher. Tutors follow an individualized learning plan and sets specific goals for the student. This program encourages an interest in reading while improving skills. This program has been partially funded by Raise A Reader Foundation for 2013/2014

Our Real Reader Tutoring Program is offered in the  fall, spring and summer on Mon/Weds or Tues/Thurs. One-hour sessions are held at Newton Elementary, 13359 – 81 Avenue, Surrey and Douglas Park Community School 5409 206 St,  Langley and at Delta Manor Education Centre, 4750 – 57 Street, Ladner

Real Math Tutoring Program

For children aged 7 to 14 who are struggling to understand basic math concepts or need additional support in math. Under the direction of a certified teacher, trained tutors work one-to-one with students to become aware of, evaluate, and set goals for their learning in math. Based on current research, students are prompted to use manipulatives or tools in a playful manner to practice and celebrate their successes on their individualized math goals. This program has been funded by: Coast Capital Savings Credit Union Community Grant Funds for 2013/2014 and The Vancouver Foundation for 2014/2015. 

Our Real Math Tutoring Program is offered in the fall, spring and summer Mon/Weds or Tues/Thurs. One-hour sessions are held Newton Elementary, 13359 – 81 Avenue, Surrey and at the Douglas Park Community School, 5409 – 206 Street, Langley and at Delta Manor Education Centre, 4750 – 57 Street, Ladner

Multi-sensory Group Tutoring for Reading

A unique program for students aged 6 to 10 with severe reading difficulties (including dyslexia) based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to remediate reading disabilities. This program uses all the learning pathways to the brain simultaneously (visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile) in order to enhance memory and learning.

The Multi-sensory Group Tutoring for Reading program is currently only available for referred students at Holly Elementary, 10719 150th St, Surrey.

This program fully funded for students at Holly Elementary with many thanks to: CKNW Children’s Orphan Fund, TELUS Community Funds, and the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund

Multi-sensory Keyboarding Program

These sessions provide individualized instruction for students with written output difficulties. The Typeright tm* program uses a multi-sensory method and a key-mnemonic strategy to teach students touch-typing. Students learn by direct one-to-one instruction from an experienced instructor. It is particularly suited to students with learning disabilities. This program provides an excellent opportunity for students to build confidence by experiencing the success of learning a new valuable skill.

More and more students with written output difficulties are successfully integrating the use of a computer into their daily school routines – even at the elementary level. These students who once struggled taking notes in class or completing in-class assignments and tests are now able to produce written work at grade level with confidence and pride.

Elemental to the success of this technological aid is the student’s ability to type with accuracy and ease. Touch-typing skills greatly reduce the cognitive load of a written assignment or task and allows the student to concentrate on composing. Learning how to touch-type quickly and efficiently is what this typing program is designed to do.

Our Multi-sensory Keyboarding Program is offered in the fall, spring, and summer. The sessions are 45 minutes and held at the LDAFS Resource Centre in Surrey.

Steps to Success: Self-advocacy Training for Youth

A program for students entering grades 6 to 9 with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder. This program teaches self-advocacy skills essential to success at school and in life. Students must understand their learning differences and be able to speak out and communicate their needs to teachers. This program teaches these important skills that help students make a more successful transition to secondary school.  Students will develop a greater sense of self-awareness and confidence.(Maximum 6 per class)

The Steps to Success: Self-advocacy Training for Youth program is generally offered during the summer for one week.

“You have to be able to look at your learning profile or difference and see that it’s only a part of your life, and that you actually have more talents than weaknesses.”

Howard Eaton, M. Ed.

Summer Tutoring Programs

Any student aged 6 to 15 who is behind grade level in reading, writing or math is eligible for our summer program. A trained tutor works one to one with your child following either the Real Reading or Real Math programs, under the guidance of a certified teacher.

Our Summer Tutoring Programs are two-week programs; 1.5 hours daily, Mon to Fri in July and Aug at the LDAFS Resource Centre in Surrey.

General Information

How to Register

To register for any of our programs call 604.591.5156 Mon to Thurs, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Resource Coordinator can suggest programs that may benefit your child most and will check space availability for any of our programs. Specific information about your child’s learning and/or behavioural challenges may be required to register for many of our programs. An assessment of your child’s reading or math skill level will be required prior to acceptance in some of our programs. Our programs are recommended for children with normal intellectual abilities, but academic achievement scores lower than their expected ability. A child does not have to be diagnosed with a learning disability or attention deficit disorder to attend these programs. Children with other special needs may also be accepted into our programs if space allows. After registration, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress or any aspect of his/her learning, an experienced certified teacher is available for consultation.

Program Fees

Program fees are listed under current programs. Payment is due upon registration and payable by Visa, MasterCard, cash, or cheque payable to LDAFS.

As a non-profit organization, we endeavour to keep our program fees affordable for most families. However, for families in financial need we do offer a limited number of partial subsidies courtesy of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.  Please enquire with our Resource Coordinator for eligibility criteria.


*The TypeRight program was developed by the Eaton-Coull Learning Group.