The Arrowsmith Program is based on the philosophy that it is possible to address specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities. The Arrowsmith Program first identifies areas of learning strength and weakness within the student through careful assessment in order to create an individualised learning profile. It then utilises the science of neuroplasticity to design a programme of individualised exercises that target the student’s precise areas of weakness.
The programme can offer potential life-changing results for students with a range of learning difficulties, and has benefitted students that have experienced difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed and dyslexia. The ultimate goal is to enable students to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life and to enable them to achieve their goals of academic and career success.
The school introduced the Arrowsmith Program in 2015, and is currently the first and only school in Thailand to offer it. The programme is suitable for students aged 9 to 18. For more information, please visit the Arrowsmith website.
There are around 100 billion cells that make up the brain. These neurons alter in structure and function throughout a person’s lifetime, in response to training and experience. Since the 19th century, neuroscientists have been researching and identifying different areas of the brain, understanding that different areas of the brain work together to carry out complex mental activities. The brain is also able to physically alter in response to stimulation, developing new synaptic connections.
The Arrowsmith Program follows the philosophy that a learner is not ‘fixed’, and offers its students a variety of targeted cognitive exercises that result in increased mental capacities and strengthened learning abilities. Once this need has been addressed, the individual’s ability to perform complex tasks (reading, writing, mathematics, conceptual comprehension) will also be improved. To read more about the Arrowsmith Program’s utilisation of neuroplasticity, please click here.
Further Resources on Arrowsmith
- 60-Minutes Australia reported on a number of families and students following the programme in Canada. To view the video, please click here.
- Howard Eaton, founder of Eaton Arrowsmith School in Vancouver’s book ‘Brain School‘, is free to download. For an interview with Howard, please click here.
- For further information on Neuroplasticity, please see Norman Doidge’s website. Norman is an author and researcher of Neuroplasticity, and based Chapter 2 of his New York Times bestseller ‘The Brain That Changes Itself‘ on Barbara and the Arrowsmith Program.
- To access to further articles, please click here to view Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s website.
The Arrowsmith Program Framework
- Detailed assessment and identification of 19 learning dysfunctions
- Innovative methods which include specialised exercises
and computerised programs
- Clearly defined and individualised goals
- A positive, supportive and structured learning environment
- Building self-esteem by developing competence
- Low student to teacher ratio