Brain Research

For more than 35 years, students and their parents have touted the benefits of the Arrowsmith Program. They have called the method “life-changing” and have said it radically transformed their lives.

They have gone from children, teens and adults who struggled to read, write and socialize, due to cognitive weaknesses, to confident individuals with jobs and university degrees.

Countless articles and scientific studies prove the program is successful. Click through the below resources to view studies, student success stories, and media coverage of our schools or click here to read testimonials by our students and parents.

Studies/Research

This report includes updated information about all Arrowsmith Program research initiatives. Research is ongoing, so information will be updated as new results become available.

 

This document provides an overview of completed and ongoing research on the Arrowsmith Program and is divided into six categories: independent research in progress, completed peer-reviewed research, completed peer-reviewed and independent research, completed independent research, other completed studies, and other relevant documents. As some research is ongoing, information will be updated as new results become available.

 

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, is studying the affect that the Arrowsmith Program has on the brain. This article covers the study and what it involves.

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Dr. Boyd’s project will determine if any changes in brain tissue and activity correlate with behaviour.

 

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.

 

The IBRF focuses on research, education, technological advancement, and international and multi-centre collaboration to advance brain discoveries for use in diagnosis and treatment. This foundation is a charity and serves as a support network made up of leading neuroscientists and research institutions around the world.

 

This report describes the outcome of a three-year study of the work of the Arrowsmith Program in treating 79 children with learning disabilities. The Donner Canadian Foundation funded this study.

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 article in the Kitsap Sun covers personal stories of individuals living with learning difficulties and how the Arrowsmith Program changed their lives. It also explains the Arrowsmith theory and how it helps people strengthen their brains and overcome their cognitive weaknesses.

 

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.

 

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, founder of the Arrowsmith Program, and Howard Eaton, founder and director of Eaton Arrowsmith, discuss the Arrowsmith Program.

EA and the Brain

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.

 

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.

 

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 is a review of Brain School, a book by Howard Eaton, the founder and director of Eaton Arrowsmith. The article discusses the main topics that Eaton covers in the book: neuroplasticity, the Arrowsmith Program, and how this method changes the lives of children diagnosed with learning difficulties.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

Jason Cruickshank, the principal of Eaton Arrowsmith in Victoria, talks about the school and the types of learning difficulties it addresses. He also defines dyslexia and explains cognitive weaknesses and how the Arrowsmith Program strengthens the brain so that students have an increased ability to learn.

April 2016 Update

The Arrowsmith team has released an update on the brain imaging study being conducted by Dr. Lara Boyd and her team at the University of British Columbia.

This research project has had a large impact on the neuroimaging field. The team has been able to present and publish data, in abstract form, to the Human Brain Mapping Project that characterizes the relationships between brain function and educational ability. This work has also lead to a new approach and understanding of how learning difficulties affects the brain, which is now being applied in other work with stroke and diabetes.

A new addition to the research plan is to investigate how cognitive improvements as a result of work in the Arrowsmith Program impacts social and emotional health in children. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Boyd and her team are collaborating with Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl, an expert in indexing social and emotional health in children.

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

Heather Bishop, EA Victoria parent
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