Transition Skills Program

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

The program focuses on the basics of learning and learning disabilities, an exploration of study skills and tips for success. 

This 2-day session is designed specifically for students who have just completed grades 6, 7 and 8 as they begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school – building self-awareness, how to express ideas and follow directions, and become a self-advocate in the learning process.

Summer Program Dates:

Wednesday July 3rd & Thursday July 4th from 9am to 12noon – both days

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

Fee:  $250 for Members / $300 for Non-Members 

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

Students will develop skills in: 

  • Identifying their own Strengths & Needs
  • Learning styles and understanding of own Learning Disability and / or ADHD
  • Strategies for organizational and time management skills
  • Building study skills and exam preparation
  • Self-advocacy skills and social skills
  • Transitioning into the workplace, college or university
  • Pre-employment and job skills

This Program is built off 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 – My Learning Style: 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 interferes with learning, and what can be done to help. It also presents a model for considering approaches to problems.

Section 2 – Skills for Success: Breaks down school tasks into three areas (daily work, studying and tests, and projects and assignments) and explains how students can approach each area. Students are asked to complete a short presentation project as practice.

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, discusses Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and accommodations. Different career paths are also discussed, and a list of resources gives students, caregivers, and teachers a guide for further exploration of these issues.

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

The program fee includes participation in the 2-day Summer program, student materials, handouts and snacks. 

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 Resource Manager and Course Facilitator and will be returned at the conclusion of the final session. Please email all documents to [email protected] 




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 [email protected]  

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.