LDA Manitoba bringing world renowned Arrowsmith Program to Winnipeg

Helps students overcome learning disabilities and function at a high level
Special free presentation Thursday, May 23

Winnipeg, MB – May 21, 2013 – The Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (LDAM) is bringing the world renowned Arrowsmith Program to Winnipeg for the first time with classes starting in September 2013. Created by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, and based on neuroscience research and 30 years of experience, the program has proven successful in helping students overcome mild to severe learning disabilities.

“The Arrowsmith Program has been changing the lives of individuals and families coping with learning disabilities. We are very pleased to bring it to Manitoba for the first time,” said Marilyn MacKinnon, Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba. “Most programs address learning disabilities by teaching students to compensate for their weaknesses. This program is focused on strengthening weak cognitive areas.”

Parents will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the program at a special free presentation this Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. next door to the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba at 623 Erin Street. Jessica Poulin, the Managing Coordinator for the Arrowsmith Program, will describe the program and be on hand to answer questions.

“Arrowsmith doesn’t teach students to work around their problems, which is a common method of trying to cope with learning disabilities. Instead, under-functioning areas of the brain are targeted, stimulated and strengthened. It is like a workout for your brain – only unlike a muscle, brain tissue does not atrophy so there is no drop-off in function,” said Poulin. “Over the years, we have heard from many Manitoba parents looking for more information on Arrowsmith, so we’re very happy to be partnering with the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba to bring the program here.”

The program is designed to individually identify each student’s weak cognitive capacities. The program then uses intensive and graduated exercises to strengthen weak cognitive capacities. It is suitable for students with a wide range of mild to severe learning problems. It is designed to help students with average to above average intelligence who have one or more learning dysfunctions including in the following skills: reading, writing, mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, auditory memory and processing, and dyslexia.


About the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (www.ldamanitoba.org)
The Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba helps people with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders reach their goals and live better lives. We work with people of just about any age – from school children and teens to adults – while also providing educational and networking support for their friends and families. Founded in the 1960s, the organization has grown to become a leading resource for individuals, families, educators and medical professionals seeking help in dealing with learning disabilities.

About the Arrowsmith Program (www.arrowsmithschool.org)
The Arrowsmith Program identifies and strengthens the weaker cognitive capacities that underlie learning disabilities that affect learning and the acquisition of academic and social skills. Arrowsmith is available to students in public and private schools and various Learning Disability Associations in Canada, the United States and Australia. The program has been offered in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) since 1997.

Program Contact:
Marilyn MacKinnon
Executive Director
Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba
204-774-1821 ext 14

Media Contact:
Adam Dooley
204-291-4092 – mobile



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