The Arrowsmith Program
A program uniquely designed for students of average to above intelligence who are experiencing problems in school which may include difficulties with reading, writing, mathematics, memory, understanding, dyslexia or A.D.D. Specially trained and certified Arrowsmith teachers provide the expertise and individual attention needed by approved Arrowsmith students.
Students who come to the Arrowsmith Program are of average to above-average intelligence but have difficulty learning academic and social skills efficiently and independently. The Arrowsmith Program addresses a wide range of specific learning difficulties (referred to as learning disabilities in North America) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory and/or visual processing disorders, attention difficulties and non-verbal learning difficulties. The Arrowsmith Program is also designed for individuals who do not have identified specific learning difficulties but are challenged with issues such as organization, processing, problem-solving, communication, memory and independence.
The Arrowsmith Program is founded on neuroscience research with over 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises. The Arrowsmith Program identifies, intervenes and strengthens the weakened cognitive capacities that affect learning.
The comprehensive suite of Arrowsmith cognitive exercises are directly applicable to a wide range of learning difficulties. The Arrowsmith Program considers a learning dysfunction to be a specific brain area that is weaker in function when compared with the person’s other areas to the extent that it significantly impairs the learning activities of the functional systems in which it is involved. The specific nature of the learning dysfunction depends upon the characteristic mental activities of the areas that are impaired. For example, a problem in the area responsible for motor planning in learning symbol sequences will affect writing, reading, speaking and spelling acquisition.
The premise of the Arrowsmith Program since 1978 has been that the cognitive areas that contribute to learning difficulties can be improved through targeted cognitive exercises, resulting in increased mental capacities and strengthened learning abilities. Once the weak area is improved, the individual’s ability to perform complex tasks – such as reading, writing, mathematics or comprehension of conceptual material – will also be improved.
Using different research designs, different measures, both educational and cognitive and studying students in different schools with implementation of the Arrowsmith Program, the studies clearly show strengthened learning abilities.
Report on Academic Skills & Learning Outcomes
This report summarizes how the Arrowsmith Program cognitive exercises are directly and very specifically related to a wide range of learning difficulties. The report describes the relationship between the function of the cognitive areas for which the Arrowsmith Program has developed specific, targeted exercises, the learning difficulties if a student has a deficit in the cognitive area, and the learning outcomes achieved upon completion of the Arrowsmith Program exercises. There have been a number of studies that have demonstrated improvements in student’s academic skills upon completion of the Arrowsmith Program cognitive exercises. The increased cognitive capacities have enabled students to acquire a wide range of academic skills. All of the research has demonstrated a clear link between successful completion of the Arrowsmith Program cognitive exercises and improvements in basic academic skills. This report contains a summary of these research studies, as well as providing examples of the correlation between the Arrowsmith cognitive exercises and Reading, Writing, Spelling and Mathematics.
Of particular interest to educators, parents, and students are the significant gains demonstrated by students after completion of the Arrowsmith Program of their scores on standardized psycho-educational assessments