By clicking on the link below, you will be sent to the Arrowsmith School Questionnaire. Answer all the questions to gain insight into which cognitive exercise may be helpful for you.
At the end of the questionnaire, please print the results or save as a PDF. Please note you need a color printer to print the results. You may bring these results to a meeting to more fully discuss if Arrowsmith is right for you.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to grow and development new connections. It was long thought that if you had difficulty learning to read or write that was the way you would always be. This was the reason schools developed the practice of accommodations.
However, the concept that the brain is static and cannot overcome challenges is false. The brain's capacity to change and grow is one of the fastest growing areas of neuroscience. Students with difficulty reading, spelling, understanding math, following conversation or recalling information struggled in all academic areas.
Through the work of Barbara Arrowsmith and her exercises, students can now target areas of weakness and their brains build new neuronal connections, accommodations become a thing of the past.
The Cognitive Enhancement Program focuses on the Symbol Relations Exercise.
How do things relate to one another? If A happens, what happens to B? Our lives are a complexity of demands, challenges and priorities. When the countless pushes and pulls of life become overwhelming, our brains find mechanisms to escape. They may zone out, become anxious or depressed.
If you find yourself frequently overwhelmed with managing life demands, perhaps this exercise could help you brain prioritize and reduce your stress. As one of our current students said, "I am thinking more clearly than I have in years."
The Arrowsmith Program exercises target 19 areas of the brain.
Each exercise focuses on a specific cognitive task. Each exercise is graduated and challenges the brain to work harder and faster. Students master levels within an exercise and move on to master the entire exercise. Click below to view a list of the 19 Cognitive areas targeted by the exercises.
Barbara Arrowsmith Young
Barbara Arrowsmith was diagnosed with multiple learning disabilities at a young age. She struggled year after year in school with no hope in sight. However, she was a young woman with GRIT. After reading the work of Alexander Luria, a psychologist who worked with brain injured veterans, Barbara began developing exercises to help her brain.
Barbara has created 19 targeted exercises to help students both young and old master areas of cognitive function. Take a moment to discover if the exercises may help you or a family member.
Sheila M. Furey, M.D.
Dr. Furey is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has spent her career working with students and adults with learning challenges.
She has spent over 20 years investigating learning challenges and interventions to provide success. She began studying neuroplasticity over 5 years ago and has been on a mission to bring the Arrowsmith program to the Richmond area since first reading The Woman Who Change Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith. In addition to her knowledge of the assessment and treatment of children and adults with learning challenges, she adds tremendous knowledge and skill in the area of nutritional support.
The brain is part of a wonderfully complex system that thrives when given the proper nutrients.