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The Arrowsmith Program

Strengthening learning capabilities

In this powerful and moving video founder of the Arrowsmith Program, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young tells the story of her own journey as a young woman with multiple learning difficulties to someone today who has been able to live her life to its full potential. 

Students with learning difficulties have traditionally been treated with programs designed to compensate for their difficulties. For example, students who have difficulty with handwriting would be taught to use a keyboard or accommodated with more time to write exams.

By contrast, the goal of the Arrowsmith Program, is to help students strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning difficulties. The Arrowsmith premise is that the fundamental ‘capacity of the learner to learn’ can be enhanced, leading to improved functioning academically, socially and emotionally.

The Arrowsmith Program methodology is also offered in schools. It has been proven successful for elementary, secondary, post-secondary, and adult students. All over the world these students have transformed their lives.

The program of cognitive exercises is implemented in schools in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and the Cayman Islands. Ongoing research is demonstrating that the program not only changes the brain, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement but also leads to social-emotional well-being. For more information, please visit the Arrowsmith Program website.

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

What the Arrowsmith program accomplishes

The Arrowsmith Program is based on the application of neuroscience research and the premise that it is possible to address specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening cognitive functions underlying learning. The goal is to help students of all ages become effective, confident, and self-directed learners.

Strengthens cognitive processes necessary for efficient learning.

Improves reasoning and comprehension

Builds academic skills such as word identification, reading fluency, math calculation, math fluency, and writing

Improves phonemic awareness.

Improves processing speed, working memory, memory for words.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know that the program will work in my situation?
Over the past 40 years, we have achieved results with people who tell us they have difficulty with their learning in the following areas:
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Visual Memory
  • Writing
  • Comprehension
  • Executive Function
  • Auditory Memory
  • Dyslexia
  • Auditory Processing
  • Attention
What evidence is there that it works?
A number of international academic studies over the past several years have concluded that the Arrowsmith Program is effective in improving the brain’s cognitive ability.

The latest research, carried out by Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC), into the Arrowsmith Program has shown children with specific learning difficulties demonstrate significant improvements by training their brains using neuroplasticity techniques.

The peer reviewed research, published late last year (October 2019) in the international journal, Learning: Research and Practice, examined the Arrowsmith Program and its capacity to help children with learning difficulties improve academic skills and cognitive abilities including reading, maths, spelling, memory, attention, processing speed and reasoning.

You can find more information about other research here:
How does the program fit in with school/work?
The program is designed to be tailored to suit both school and work schedules.

Each student works on their Individualised Learning Program which is developed after an initial assessment. These individual learning programs can vary from 1 to 6 exercises a week.

Each exercise requires a minimum of 4 hours face to face tuition.

Full time programs (4 – 6 exercises)
Part Time Programs (1 – 3 exercises)
Motor Symbol Sequencing (MSS) cognitive program (primarily an at-home program (1 hour per day) with weekly check-in sessions)
Symbol Relations Cognitive Enhancement Program
Full Initial Arrowsmith Program Assessment
When will I see results?
Each student is an individual with specific challenges and as such their progress will vary. However it is usually those close to the student who notice changes first.

Typically they will notice the student seems more confident and their engagement with others is improved. Over time the student will notice changes in their own performance.

An assessment is conducted at the end of each year and we also provide feedback to the student and to parents (where applicable) throughout the year. When each student reaches a Mastery we believe it’s cause for celebration, not only for the student but the whole class. Because we have small classes the students are very supportive of one another and we encourage this through rewards and acknowledgement of their progress.

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Who is this for?

Who can benefit from the program?

Our program has been designed to help anyone with learning difficulties… from ten years onwards. Our oldest student, at the age of seventy, went on to study for a degree after finishing the Arrowsmith Program!

We work with people who may be experiencing some form of challenge in school, business or life in general. The lack of ability perpetuates their perception of their potential and continues throughout life, resulting in feeling awkward in social situations, lack of confidence and motivation.

Who is Coresenses for?

Meet Anna

Anna, 35 is a busy mum of two, she works part time in retail and likes to find time for hobbies of her own interest. She is time poor and run off her feet but prides herself in staying connected with her children’s lives and progress at school. Her son is struggling with basic maths concepts and reading and he stays away from sporting activities as he is often uncoordinated and slow. He has been identified for learning support and that has made him very self-conscious and afraid of being labelled ‘dumb’ as a result, he has been playing up and is becoming increasingly aggressive and angry.

Anna wants to find ways to help her son to improve his reading and writing as well as social aspects such as the confidence in abilities and improved coordination which could be handy for playing sports.

Does Anna’s story resonate with you?

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Who is Coresenses for?

Meet Tim

Tim’s parents are concerned about their son’s lack of progress at school. Falling behind his friends in maths and english, Tim also struggles with coordination which means he is left out of many school activities and sports… this makes it difficult for him to make friends. At ten years of age his parents are worried about how he will cope in the short and long term. High school is only two years away.

Difficulty retaining numbers, learning maths facts, moving the body fluidly and processing sentences are some of the challenges that people with learning difficulties may face. The Arrowsmith Program has exercises designed specifically to enable students to overcome these.

Does Tim’s story resonate with you?

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Who is Coresenses for?

Meet Eloise

Eloise, 22 has just finished her apprenticeship in floristry. Talented, creative and a hard worker, Eloise now has the opportunity to manage the shop. However, she has difficulty with organising her thoughts, prioritising and working with simple mathematics which is something she has not revealed to her employer. She is even unable to read the analog clock on the wall at work and has to rely on her digital watch. She would love to accept the role but can’t face the embarrassment of telling her employer about her difficulties. What adult can’t read a clock?

Difficulty with comprehension, logical reasoning, understanding mathematical, scientific or literary concepts and reading a clock are typical of someone who has not developed a part of the brain for symbol relations.

The Arrowsmith Program excels in solving this difficulty for its students.

Does Eloise’s story sound familiar?

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Who is Coresenses for?

Meet Michael

Michael, an experienced landscaper gets on well with his boss, staff and clients. His potential to move into a management role has not escaped the attention of his employer. Michael, however, is too embarrassed to tell his boss about his challenges with reading and writing.

Difficulty with reading and writing is very common in those who are experiencing learning challenges. The Arrowsmith Program has exercises specifically designed to overcome this challenge. Through repetition of these exercises new neural pathways are developed, enabling the student to ultimately read and write with ease.

Does Michael’s story resonate with you?

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Who is Coresenses for?

Meet Kate

Kate 55, is a respected creative in the advertising industry. Kate is able to hide the fact that she struggles with putting her ideas into writing. Her PA also acts as her scribe. It is something that causes her to feel shame and anxiety about “being exposed”.
She was diagnosed with Dyslexia as a child and believes there is no solution to this problem.

The challenge that Kate is faced with is due to a weaker function in the capacity of her brain to understand how symbols (words and numbers) connect to form sentences.

However her assumption that this can not be changed is not correct and can be addressed successfully through the Arrowsmith Program.

Does Kate’s story resonate with you?

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Who is Coresenses for?

Meet Sophie

At 14 Sophie has difficulty reading and understanding, sadly, this has led to her being bullied at school. Her confidence is failing with each month and the gap between Sophie and her peers is widening. This is something that causes her parents enormous anxiety.

Having a learning difficulty can not only affect a person’s ability to learn and do well in school/work, it can lead to psychological issues that can seriously undermine one’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

The Arrowsmith Program achieves significant results not only in improving learning capacity, it has also been shown to improve student confidence and ability to function well socially.

Does Sophie’s story resonate with you?

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Enquiries and Enrolments

If you or a loved one is not reaching their full potential due to a learning difficulty, contact us today for an appointment so that we can share with you some of the outcomes we have achieved.

We are able to announce that due to the current Covid-19 social distancing requirements, CoreSenses is now offering online/at home programs to current and new students.