So who is a typical Arrowsmith student?
The typical student at an Arrowsmith School is of average or above average intelligence and has a combination of learning problems which have led to a difficulty in learning to read, write, socialise, do maths or remember. They may or may not have been diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, acalculia, executive functioning disorder, auditory processing disorder or other learning problem.
Typically students do not have severe intellectual, emotional or behavioural disorders that would significantly affect the ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program but, if they do, please talk to us. Sometimes people get a diagnosis of intellectual disability when the real problem is that they have a range of learning disorders. Sometimes people will show their despair and confusion about their difficulty in learning by becoming overly emotional or withdrawn leading to a diagnosis of emotional disorder. Often a behavioural problem is someone doing the 'wrong' thing because they cannot remember the instructions they have been given.
Once out of the mainstream school or work environment and into the Arrowsmith Program these students do very well. Their learning problems are understood and they respond to the exercises.
Please be aware that we do not accept people with severe autism because the program has been found to be unable to benefit them. It has, however, helped high functioning students with Aspergers Syndrome to improve their academic performance.
These are guidelines only. There are no hard and fast rules and we will consider each student's appropriateness for our program on merits. There are many students who fall outside them and for whom the program can provide meaningful benefit. We are happy to consider everyone who has not, or is not, achieving to their potential. The research suggests that children
can benefit from the Arrowsmith Program and we cater for all of these age groups.
If learning is a problem for you or someone you know:
for a no obligations chat about how the Arrowsmith Program can help