Arrowsmith

LDA Manitoba has proudly offered the Arrowsmith Program since September 2013.

The Arrowsmith Program is based on more than three decades of experience and the latest neuroscientific research that show it is possible for students to strengthen weak cognitive capacities that underlie their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba is proud to host an evening with Arrowsmith Program creator/founder/Director Barbara Arrowsmith Young.  Please see attached flyer – Barabra Arrowsmith Central poster 2016  The  April 6th presentation will focus on how the Arrowsmith Program addresses learning disabilities through a cognitive approach that improves both brain deficits and academic outcomes.

To read Frequently Asked Questions about our program in Manitoba, please click here.

To find out more about the Arrowsmith School and it’s groundbreaking approach, click here.

Students in the program are able to capitalize on their increased learning capacities. After a three or four year program, they can function without special education assistance or program accommodations. After completing the program, some students may still require one to two years of experience using their newly strengthened cognitive capacities. Some students may still need some tutoring initially to bring their academic skills up to grade level because the program gives only a limited amount of time to address academic skill deficits.

Even students who are unable to complete the full three to four year Arrowsmith Program achieve benefit for every year they are in the program. The program is suitable for students across the broad spectrum of mild to severe learning problems.

The program has proven effective for students having difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed and dyslexia. For an overview of the more common problems addressed please read our Chart of Learning Outcomes.

Arrowsmith is founded on two important areas of scientific research. The first determined that different areas of the brain work together to carry out complex mental activities such as read, writing and mathematics. A weakness in one area can affect various different learning processes. The second area of research concerns the principle of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change physically in response to stimuli and activity. It can develop new neuronal/synaptic interconnections, which allows it to develop new functions believed to be the physical mechanism of learning. Neuroplasticity refers to structural and functional changes in the brain that are brought about by training and experience.

Modern neuroscience continues to shed new light into the ways the brain changes in response to what it experiences. This leads us to the conclusion that the brain is dynamically changing through our lives.

Students with learning disabilities have traditionally been treated with programs designed to compensate for their difficulties – students who have difficulty with handwriting, for example, would be taught to use a keyboard or accommodated with more time to write exams. By contrast, the Arrowsmith Program’s objective is to help students strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions. It is designed to deal with the underlying causes of the learning disability rather than its symptoms.

The Arrowsmith Program has proven successful with students in elementary school through to post-secondary school and with adults. Elementary school students return to a full academic curriculum at their appropriate grade level following the completion of a three or four year program.

Our goal is for our students to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life and to enable them to achieve their goals of academic and career success.

You may read more about the development of the Arrowsmith methodology in the book “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain,” by Barbara Arrowsmith Young.