On June 1, 2014 the “60 Minutes” program on Channel 9 in Australia ran a segment about the Arrowsmith School in Canada. The program showed some of the 35 Australian children whose families have relocated or split to allow their children to attend the school.
What is the Arrowsmith program?
The Arrowsmith program was developed by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young and uses paper and computer based exercises to improve the cognitive skills of children with learning difficulties, including Dyslexia. Children attend a special Arrowsmith school or classroom to complete this 3 to 4 year course.
Many families whose children attend the Arrowsmith School report good outcomes for their children and children with severe learning problems may benefit from this curriculum. However, it is necessary for these families to travel to and live in Canada because there are very few places in Australia where the program is available and there are no dedicated Arrowsmith schools. This means families must spend a considerable amount of money and face the difficulties that arise from splitting the family up as one parent typically lives with the child in Canada.
Neuroscience programs accessible in Australia
Families considering relocating to Canada may wish to consider an alternative neuroscience program called Fast ForWord which can be used at home and can fit into all families’ schedules. Fast ForWord training can be an alternative for families who cannot access the Arrowsmith program—it is based on 30 years of neuroscience research and is supported by over 100 scientific articles and reports.
Fast ForWord improves learning capacity for all students, including those with general learning difficulties, Dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, ADD, autism & aspergers and difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. Fast ForWord is completed in 3 to 6 months, 30 to 50 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Children can begin training almost immediately from home with remote supervision by trained professionals.
Many Arrowsmith students have also completed the Fast ForWord program after attending the Arrowsmith school to further strengthen their cognitive skills.