Our Programs

We work one-on-one with each child and their family to develop a plan for diagnosis and remediation. Children graduate from our programs with a keen understanding of their learning strengths and challenges and the tools and strategies to help themselves through high school and beyond. We provide parents with educational consultation and financial planning options to help them advocate for their children and source the best tools for their child.

Our Programs

To inquire about any of our programs and schedule an intake meeting, please contact us at info@ldav.ca or call us at 604-873-8139.

Scroll down to read about our bursary and scholarship options.

Note: Our mandate is to work with children who have a suspected or diagnosed Learning Disability. This is categorized as a ‘Q’ designation by the Ministry of Education. Unfortunately, at this time, we unable to serve children with other disabilities such as Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Disabilities. If you child has a Learning Disability and a second disability then please get in touch with our Program Manager to discuss this further.

View our list of certified instructors for 2018-19 here.

One-on-One Remedial Instruction (School Year)

LDAV’s core program services children across Vancouver who have a suspected or diagnosed Learning Disability.* After an in-depth intake meeting, children are matched with skilled instructors who specialize in their specific age group and LD. Through one-on-one remedial instruction twice per week throughout the year, children work toward their academic goals, and to close the achievement gap. Extensive progress monitoring and a standard practice for all clients provides consistent and credible delivery of service, plus assurance that the intervention is effective.

In addition to their academic goals, our tutors and staff work with families to educate them about a child’s unique learning challenges, and foster a more caring, understanding home life, which ultimately boosts a child’s confidence and self-esteem in all aspects of life.

As a non-profit, LDAV strives to provide instruction to as many children in need as possible, and we are proud to offer the only financially accessible option for families in Vancouver and the North Shore. Please contact us to inquire about our income-based fee structure and bursary options.

Fall 2018 Session: September 10, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Call us at 604.873.8139 or send us an email to request an intake session.

One-on-One Remedial Instruction (Summer Term)

We’ve all heard of the ‘Summer Slide’–the worry that children will lose the momentum gained during the school year, and fall behind by the time school starts again in the fall. For students with Learning Disabilities, this can be particularly concerning. That’s why LDAV offers tutoring during the summer. Make reading and writing a fun, productive part of your child’s summer vacation with twice or four-times weekly tutoring sessions with skilled instructors, and start the new year off strong.

Dates for the Summer 2019 session will be announced in early 2019.


Better Futures - An Adult LD Support Group

In response to a very clear need from adults (16 years +) with Learning Disabilities, LDAV is proud to offer our new Adult LD Support Group, “Better Futures.” In this six-week program, participants participate in workshops and receive one-on-one support on the following topics:

  • Understanding your Learning Disability
  • Career Advancement and Employability
  • Managing your Learning Disability in the workplace

The program will also educate and advise employers on how to make their workplace more inclusive for those with LDs.

The program runs out of our East Vancouver office and the cost to participate is $35/person.

If you are interested in participating in the next cohort, or if you are a local business interested in partnering with us, please call us at 604.873.8139 or email info@ldav.ca.

Generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation.

Satellite Schools Program

The Community Satellite Schools Program supports at-risk children with diagnosed or suspected Learning Disabilities through one-on-one remedial teaching at their home school, along with Psychological Educational Assessments for those who are in need. These children come from families with multiple barriers to accessing the supports they need to be successful in school, including poverty, new immigrants, accessibility, language barriers, and more. By subsidizing the cost of tutoring, and providing it at the home school of the child, we remove many of the existing barriers to the educational support they need.

Scroll down to see a list of our partner schools for 2018-19.


In addition to our One-on-One Remedial Instruction, LDAV offers a Touch-Typing Course for children age 7-12 with ADHD and/or an LD to assist with short-term memory development and written communication skills. In this eight-week course, which takes place at our East Vancouver location, children will use a multi-sensory approach and repetition to improve their skills.

The next Touch Typing Course begins October 16th and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays until December 6th, 2018. Each session costs $10. To register your child, please contact us.

Parent Workshops & Support

As a parent or guardian of a child with a Learning Disability, you might have many questions about Learning Disabilities, what a Pyschological Assessment is, how to navigate the school system, and ways to support your child. LDAV recognizes that LDs have an impact not only a child’s academics and experience in school, but also their social-emotional development and relationships, and we aim to provide holistic support to address these areas.

Beginning in Fall 2018, parents/guardians with children registered for tutoring will have the opportunity to participate in four, low-cost informational workshops which will answer the common questions parents have about LDs. In addition, we offer phone or in-person consultations with our in-house Education Consultant, Norlan Cabot, who can provide individualized advice and resources.