Our Method

The Eaton Arrowsmith Approach

At Eaton Arrowsmith, students complete a series of cognitive exercises to help them strengthen their brains and address the weaknesses that cause their learning difficulties.

Our schools operate on the principle of neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to strengthen over time with targeted training. This sets us apart from other schools for students with learning difficulties. We don’t teach children, teens and adults to work around their weaknesses. Instead, we help them address them.

Over a 35-year history, Arrowsmith graduates have returned to public and private schools and the workforce with an increased ability to learn. Our students go on to complete university degrees, find employment in their chosen fields and pursue their dreams.

Trevor Bestwick (EA graduate) talking about how EA changed his life.

The Arrowsmith Program

Think of the Arrowsmith Program like exercise for the brain. Going to the gym has countless benefits for a person’s muscles, heart and overall health. Cognitive exercises have a similar effect: they get the brain into shape so it has a greater capacity to absorb information.

Having a learning disability absolutely is not a life sentence. You can strengthen very particular parts of the brain to allow them to function and it’s amazing when it happens.
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Founder of Arrowsmith Program

Each student’s brain is unique and has different strengths and weaknesses. Anyone, regardless of age, can strengthen their brain using intensive and graduated mental exercises and overcome their learning difficulties.

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young founded the Arrowsmith School in 1980. Born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow and stubborn, she used her excellent memory and work ethic to get through school. Arrowsmith-Young then created a series of exercises that helped her address her own brain deficits. The Arrowsmith School has now used these exercises for more than 35 years.

For additional information on Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, please visit her biography page or consult her book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.

Our Principles

Vision: Empowering positive change.

Mission: To provide compassionate learning communities, built on integrity, trust, and growth, that empower positive change.

Core Behaviours
Fairness
Immediacy
Respect
Safety
Trust

Eaton Arrowsmith works collaboratively to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our students through Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness practices, and the importance of strong community relationships, which foster a safe school environment. We strongly believe that every child deserves an education free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence. Our goal is to create a community where each child feels safe, accepted and respected, regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion or sexual orientation.

Eaton Arrowsmith staff members have received ERASE (Expect Respect & a Safe Education) training and implement and support the use of this important program in our schools.

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News & Events
July 5, 2019

Download the article here. After a decade of working alongside Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the Founder of the Arrowsmith Program, I wondered if there was a way to bring her program to more children and adults with learning disabilities. Was there a way to reduce the intervention length, but maintain the quality…  Read More »

July 3, 2019

Download the article here.   Should my child with a learning disability attempt to improve brain functioning or try to survive through core academic subjects? If this opportunity exists for a parent, and I am aware that such options do not exist for most parents at this time either due…  Read More »