Purposeful Cognitive Training to strengthen and develop…
The purpose of the Arrowsmith Program® is to provide cognitive training, based on neuroplasticity, for students where they strengthen and develop their cognitive abilities, resulting in permanent change so that they will become independent, life-long learners.
Who We Help
Students entering W2LA and the Arrowsmith Program® have usually been experiencing a range of learning difficulties. We suggest that parents or students review the list of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed, which contains a list of the common challenges that our program addresses and their common features.
The typical student enrolled at W2LA and going through the Arrowsmith Program® is of average or above average intelligence, has a combination of the learning dysfunctions that are described in the Descriptions of Learning Dysfunctions on the Arrowsmith web site, does not have severe intellectual, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral disorders that would significantly affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program®, does not have acquired brain injury or an autism spectrum disorder, is of elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school age. We strongly encourage parents to take the Cognitive Profile Questionnaire, print off the results and save the link. Add these results to your child’s W2LA application.
These are guidelines only. There are many students who fall within these guidelines, others who may require further consideration, and still others for whom we feel this program cannot provide meaningful benefit.
Our Cognitive Classroom
WHAT IS THE ARROWSMITH PROGRAM®?
The Arrowsmith Program® is a cognitive training program that strengthens cognitive skills for students and adults with learning disabilities including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory and/or visual processing disorders, attention difficulties, and non-verbal learning difficulties. The Arrowsmith Program® is also designed for individuals who do not have identified specific learning difficulties but are challenged with issues such as organization, processing, problem solving, communication, memory, and independence.
HOW DOES THE ARROWSMITH PROGRAM® WORK?
The Arrowsmith Program® consists of up to 12 cognitive exercises that strengthen core cognitive skills that are the underlying causes of learning disabilities. Each student’s individualized program includes only the exercises needed to address their specific learning difficulties. Research indicates that up to 30 years after completion of the program, students have maintained their cognitive improvements. Once the improvement is in place, the individual maintains this gain by using the cognitive area in everyday functioning.
WHAT DOES THE COGNITIVE CLASSROOM LOOK LIKE AT WIRED2LEARN ACADEMY?
Cognitive Classroom students attend two to six hours of Arrowsmith Program® cognitive training classes a day. Individual Get Wired Programs are developed for each student to fit the specific needs of the student. Cognitive programs, Remediation programs, and Project-based learning will be balanced to fit the student’s needs. Careful consideration will be given to each Get Wired Program insuring intrinsic motivation, Purposeful Practice in each of the 3 Learning Legs, and development of the whole child are established for each student. Students have “brain breaks” breaks between every 40 minute session of cognitive training and a lunch break, where they will be encouraged to be immersed in nature, journaling, and exercise. In addition, students have 30 minutes of cognitive training homework five days a week, but NO homework assigned from the other two learning legs.
WHAT ARE THE ARROWSMITH PROGRAM® RESULTS?
- builds and strengthens cognitive processes that are necessary for more efficient learning
- strengthens reading, writing, and math skills
- trains visual and auditory memory as well as attention and concentration
- strengthens working memory, processing speed, and cognitive efficiency
- builds the capacity for both verbal and non-verbal thinking, reasoning, and problem solving
- strengthens executive functioning skills
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARROWSMITH PROGRAM®?
Completing the Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Profile Questionnaire, for your child is a great place to begin understanding how cognitive training helps students with learning disabilities.
Please contact the Wired2Learn Academy Admissions for more information about the Cognitive Classroom and Arrowsmith Program®.
Additional Arrowsmith Program® Resources…
to view a Video Introduction to the program
for a free e-copy copy of Brain School, by Howard Eaton
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain
by Barbara Arrowsmith Young
“If you have a son, a daughter, a parent, a spouse, or a brain, this is a must-read book. It will open your mind to new possibilities on how to deal with ‘traffic jams in the brain’.” Alvero Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder, SharpBrains.com
by Howard Eaton
The Brain That Changes Itself
by Norman Doidge, MD