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September 2017


Dr. Maggie Mamen, Psychologist:

A Series of 4 Workshops

Understanding how a child’s learning profile with its various strengths and weaknesses affects life beyond school has important implications for parenting and family dynamics. This series of four workshops is designed to provide parents of children with LD with some useful insights, practical strategies, confidence and support. While the focus is on school-aged children, many of the issues are relevant for children of all ages.

All four session for $100.00 

or $30.00 for individual sessions

Session 1:  September 19, 2017

                    Behavioural Issues 

Session 2:  October 17, 2017 

                    Managing Anxiety 

Session 3:   November 7, 2017

                    Facing Homework Demons

Session 4:   November 28, 2017

                     Family Dynamics and Sibling Issues

November 2016

Buy our beautiful Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa's 2017 Community Calendar

Available now!  Each month features a full colour photo with the art of the very talented kids in our LD/ADHD community.  Only $20 each! Give some as gifts this Christmas and support the LDAO-C.

May 10, 2016


Stittsville Business of the Year Nomination

We may serve all of Ottawa, Ontario with our local services, and have an international clientele with our online tutoring, but we are proud to be based in Stittsville, Ontario.  We are honoured to have received recognition for our contributions within our community.

Owner, Heather Desjardins with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson     

May 4, 2016

Come to a special fundraiser for the LDAO-C on

May 4, 2016 at Rideau High School at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $35 (only $25 for members).  Click here to purchase yours!

Dr. Maggie Mamen is a psychologist who has been involved in the field of learning disabilities for over 35 years.  She works in private practice in Ottawa, and provides consultation and follow-up for individuals with LD and their parents.  She is the author of Understanding Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Common-Sense Guide for Parents and Professionals, and is committed to encouraging her fellow professionals to be mindful of how to communicate assessment results in meaningful and practical ways.


Support the LDAO-C and take advantage of member pricing by purchasing your membership today.

November 1, 2015

The official launch of our online tutoring is here!

February 28, 2015

Neuro-diverse NOT Neuro-deficit with Angie DeMarco


Our society has been the fortunate recipient of incredible achievements that have been shared by the neurology of non-typical thinkers who are said to carry the identification known as a "learning disability". In reality, the differences speak to a natural, long standing, human variation; a different way of processing information, a different way of thinking.

Please join Angie DeMarco as she explores many facets of this learning difference, while workshop participants will come to treasure that their child's unique neurodiversity is at the beginning of their child's many amazing future accomplishments.


Presented by the LDAO-C

Tickets: $20.00 

Time: 10:00-11:15 am

October 25, 2014

Behaviour Management Strategies for the Child with Learning Disabilities and AHDH by Richard Lavoie


Parents, teachers, and support professionals are invited to join us for this session which will explore:  
  • how current trends, issues and legislation in the field of Special Education have a direct impact upon students and their families.
  • the importance of attempting to view situations and problems from the perspective of the children they serve.
  • the functional differences among "mainstreaming", "inclusion" and "total inclusion".
  • the concept of "fairness" and its application to home and school situations.
  • how learning/attentional disorders require complex and thoughtful treatments and solutions; "simple solutions" are generally ineffective and can be counter-productive.

This event will take place at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School 

from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ticket Costs

 LDAOC Member


   Student Price





October 28, 2013

Free Information Session About Dyslexia
by Internationally Recognized Expert Susan Barton

The event will be at Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre

on Monday October 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

Susan Barton will be presenting about the following topics:

     - dyslexia's inheritance patterns and the genetic link

     - the symptoms of mild dyslexia in adults

     - the classic warning signs in children

     - why most dyslexic children don't qualify for special ed.

     - research-based best practices to improve spelling, reading, and writing

     - why tutoring alone is not enough

Space is limited, so reserve you ticket today:


Thank you to our amazing event sponsors!

Read the article about the event and dyslexia in The Ottawa Citizen