Brain Research

Click through the below resources to view studies, student success stories, and media coverage of our schools or click here to read testimonials for the Eaton Arrowsmith Program and here to read testimonials for the Eaton Arrowsmith Adults Program.


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Dr. Lara Boyd, an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in the Neurobiology of Motor Learning, describes her research about understanding how the Arrowsmith Program affects the structure and function of children’s brains.


Dr. Lara Boyd, an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in the Neurobiology of Motor Learning, describes how our brains can change.


Howard Eaton, the founder and director of Eaton Arrowsmith, discusses how traditional intervention programs teach students to compensate for their learning difficulties and how the Arrowsmith Program is different because it helps children strengthen their brains.


Dr. Gregory Rose is the director of the Center for Integrated Research in Cognitive and Neural Sciences at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He explains his lifelong interest in neuroplasticity and his study, which examines the neurobiological changes in children’s brains that lead to improved academic performance. He has worked with the Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale, a boarding school for students with complex learning disabilities, which recently adopted the Arrowsmith Program.


Dr. Richard Collins, director of the Brehm Institute for Cognitive Curricular Research in Carbondale, discusses the joint research initiative between the Brehm Institute and the Arrowsmith School to examine the impact both programs have on students’ brains. Collins also talks about how the Arrowsmith Program is integrated into the curriculum at Brehm Preparatory School, a boarding school for students with complex learning disabilities.

Neuroplasticity/Changing the Brain

Howard Eaton, founder and director of Eaton Arrowsmith, talks about his own struggle with dyslexia. He was told from an early age that his learning difficulties would be lifelong. Eaton also discusses neuroplasticity and how the education system is racing to catch up to the science that the brain can be strengthened.


60 Minutes Australia reporter, Charles Wooley, interviews Howard Eaton, founder and director of Eaton Arrowsmith, about neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to be strengthened over time. Eaton also discusses the moment he realized it was possible to strengthen the brain/cognitive function. This video also includes testimonials by parents of Eaton Arrowsmith children, and students. Wooley also sits down with Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, founder of the Arrowsmith Program, to try out one of the cognitive exercises.

Arrowsmith and the Brain

The Arrowsmith Program, developed by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, is based on the philosophy that it is possible to treat specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities. The Arrowsmith Program is a program of intensive and graduated cognitive exercises that are designed to strengthen the underlying weak cognitive capacities that are the source of learning difficulties. The Arrowsmith School opened in Toronto in 1980.


This Vancouver Mom article tells the story of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the founder of the Arrowsmith Program. Arrowsmith-Young was diagnosed with a mental block in grade one. In graduate school, she read about neuroplasticity and started to try to improve her brain using exercises that she invented. She eventually developed the Arrowsmith Program and opened the Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980. Arrowsmith-Young is now known as the woman who changed her own brain.


This piece tells the story of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the founder of the Arrowsmith Program. It specifically talks about her learning difficulties and how she decided to try to strengthen her brain. The article also covers why the Arrowsmith Program has become the solution for many Australian children with learning difficulties.


This 60 Minutes piece explains why 35 Australian families moved their entire lives to Vancouver to help their children with specific learning difficulties. The parents, after exhausting other options, explain why they made the decision to enrol their children in the Arrowsmith Program.


This piece tells the story of one family, their struggle with learning difficulties and how the Arrowsmith Program changed their lives. It also shows one mother’s effort to bring the Arrowsmith Program to her city.

EA and the Brain

Learning Difficulties can affect any family, including the family of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Good Housekeeping tells how EA helped them, and what they did as a result.


This A News video discusses the story of Eaton Arrowsmith in Victoria. Principal Jason Cruickshank explains how students work to strengthen their brains, usually over three to four years, so that they can then return to the public or private school system with an increased ability to learn.


Sandra Heusel, the Communications Director at Eaton Arrowsmith, talks about why Eaton Arrowsmith is the right place for children with learning difficulties. She also discusses the history of the Arrowsmith program, neuroplasticity and brain development, and shares stories about the inspiring children she has met during her time at Eaton Arrowsmith.


This video by Komo News takes viewers inside the classroom at Eaton Arrowsmith in Redmond, WA, where students are learning to strengthen their brains. It also tells the story of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. His daughter attends the school and he has donated $100,000 to the brain imaging study at the University of British Columbia, which is looking at the effects of the Arrowsmith Program.


This Vancouver Courier article covers one student’s story of struggling with his learning disabilities, attending Eaton Arrowsmith for several years, and overcoming his learning difficulties to get A’s and B’s in school, juggle a demanding ski racing schedule and complete his Bar Mitzvah.


This article documents the journey of Trevor Bestwick from a child with dyslexia who never thought he would go to college to a civil engineering student at the University of Calgary. Bestwick describes how the Eaton Arrowsmith Program changed his life.


The Globe and Mail covers different schools in Canada – like Claremont School, Eaton Arrowsmith and Foothills Academy – that offer unique programs aimed at helping students with learning disabilities.


My daughter is getting more comfortable with herself and more confident.

Heather Bishop, EA parent
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September 23, 2020

Online instruction has been a huge challenge for children with learning difficulties. This is even more so during this pandemic, as schools and programs designed for in-person instruction quickly adapt to offer remote learning. Children with learning difficulties are being left behind as having them engage online is proving to…  Read More »

July 28, 2020

Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s July 22nd 2020 virtual tour presentation is now available for viewing! Along with Barbara Arrowsmith Young and the other Arrowsmith educators who spoke, we are thankful to our wonderful Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver parent, Barb Silverthorn, for her beautiful thoughts regarding her daughter and family’s journey with us…  Read More »