In addition to the support offered at Eaton Arrowsmith and Eaton Arrowsmith Adults, many other resources are available to individuals with learning difficulties and their families.

Learning Disability Organizations

The LDAV is a non-profit organization in Vancouver that serves as a support network for children with learning disabilities and their families. The LDAV helps children increase their self-esteem and achieve academic success. The association works with families one-on-one, reviews each child’s situation and develops a program/plan using a team-based approach.


The LDAFS is a charity that provides information, programs, resources and support to individuals with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder (ADD) who live in Surrey, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford and White Rock. This organization also offers programs, workshops and tutoring.


This Association has been offering support to individuals with learning disabilities as well as their parents, teachers and other professionals since 1963. Ask experts questions, find out about advocacy efforts, read legislative news and updates, or browse a comprehensive collection of resources on the LDA’s website.


The LDAC seeks to be a voice for Canadians with learning disabilities. This non-profit organization has supported people with learning disabilities since 1963. The LDAC provides information about prevention, identification, assessment, education, intervention, social interaction, health, coping skills, family support, advocacy, transitions and employment with regards to learning disabilities.


The NCLD strives to better the lives of children and adults living with learning and attention issues. It accomplishes this goal through programs for parents, young adults, educators and professionals.


This non-profit organization supports individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) through virtual support groups, conferences, webinars, monthly newsletters, research and advocacy. The ADDA also helps people with ADHD transition from high school to post-secondary education and offers toolkits about ADHD in the workforce and coaching support for individuals in the criminal justice system.


The IDA is a network of professionals, individuals and families who are affected by dyslexia. This organization promotes teaching methods and educational interventions for people living with dyslexia.


This website helps give teachers the knowledge to educate students based on their individual needs and learning profiles. All Kinds of Minds believes that the US education system is too focused on indicators, test scores and teacher evaluations. It wants teachers to lead the learning revolution and recognize that each student has different strengths and weaknesses.


The CEC is the largest, international professional organization that works to improve the academic success of children with learning disabilities, gifts and talents. The council provides educators with resources to help them foster their students’ talents and help them become successful learners.


This non-profit network of parents and educators works to help blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students overcome obstacles and succeed in education.


CHADD represents more than 12,000 people, including mostly children and adults with ADHD. This non-profit organization offers resources, training and events to its members.

Higher Education & Learning Disabilities

The centre advocates on issues related to diversity and equality, facilitates student growth, liaises between students and faculty regarding disability related services and accommodations, reviews eligible students’ disability documentation and provides information, support and counseling about disability to the SFU community.


Access and Diversity works to make UBC’s community inclusive and welcoming. This department can help students, who have disabilities or ongoing medical conditions, with academic and exam accommodations, financial support and assistance, academic concessions, priority access to housing, and transportation access.


AHEAD is an organization for individuals who develop policies and provide services for people with disabilities in higher education. The association has been providing training through conferences, workshops, publications and consultation since 1977.


Learning Disability Info & Support 

Howard Eaton, the founder and director of Eaton Arrowsmith writes about how long parents should wait before getting their children tested for learning disabilities in WestCoast Families. Eaton also briefly outlines some of the interventions – including cognitive programs to improve brain functioning – that are available to individuals with learning difficulties.


Have you ever wondered if you have a learning difficulty? Now you can take a test, developed by the founder of the Arrowsmith Program, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, from the comfort of your home.


This resource provides information about disability insurance, disability grants, wheelchair accessories, sleeping disorders and healthcare reform in the United States.


This is an up-to-date online database of resources about learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The website includes hundreds of articles, monthly expert columns, essays, children’s writing and artwork, resources, forums, and a directory of professionals and schools.


This Schwab Learning article talks about how children with learning disabilities can succeed. It also gives advice about how parents can help their children with learning disabilities.


Howard Eaton is the founder and director of Eaton Arrowsmith. Follow his blog to engage in conversations and learn how a better future is possible for all those with diagnosed learning disabilities.


Tomatis® is a sound stimulation method used to improve listening in a person whose hearing functions correctly. The ear receives sounds from all around us, so a person can involuntarily hear a lot of different things simultaneously. Focusing the hearing to actively pay attention and concentrate on certain sounds is a high-level cognitive skill. A person fails to process and analyze the sensory information coming in through the ear when they have difficulty discerning background noises and focusing their listening. Jennifer Muller is licensed with Tomatis® Development SA. She currently practices in Vancouver, B.C and works with both children and adults. Many of her clients have attended Eaton Arrowsmith. Jennifer offers comprehensive Tomatis® Listening assessments, as well as individualized listening program using the TALKSUP® device (the latest development of the Tomatis® electronic ear).


Nourish Me is a Vancouver-based company run by Jill Schmelke, a registered holistic nutritionist. Jill offers nutrition services that help families live healthier lives. She emphasizes that a healthy body and mind can help people excel in life. Studies suggest that nutrition plays an important role in learning. Jill has run nutrition clubs and workshops for Eaton Arrowsmith parents.


This Vancouver charity offers remedial teaching to children and youth with learning disabilities.


This organization offers one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, penmanship, comprehension, grammar, and level-appropriate math to students in Coquitlam and Vancouver. Symbols uses multisensory lessons based on the Orton-Gillingham approach.


CATT certifies and supports tutors who use the Orton-Gillingham approach, which is a multisensory, phonics-based approach to reading, writing, and spelling.


Sylvan offers tutoring in math, reading and writing. It also offers homework help, online tutoring, robotics, coding and college prep.

Brain School by Howard Eaton

In Brain School, Howard Eaton explores how, applying the principles of neuroplasticitiy, Barbara Arrowsmith Young developed cognitive remediation exercises, founded the Arrowsmith Program and opened the first Arrowsmith School in Toronto, Ontario over 30 years ago.

Eaton then discusses how difficult it was for him to move from traditional remediation methods for learning disabilities to seeing the new possibilities that are due to the ability of the brain to change itself.

The lives of nine children are discussed as they start the Arrowsmith Program and then move on to either private or public schools.

For more information about the book, where to purchase it and large orders please visit Glia Press’ website.

The Brain Pioneer by Howard Eaton

Did you know your brain is plastic?!

That’s right: because “plastic” means it can change.

This is the story of Barbara Arrowsmith Young. As a child she was told she would never overcome the learning disabilities that made school so difficult and frustrating for her. But Barbara refused to believe that was true.

With courage, inventiveness, and resilience, she found ways to actually change her brain and improve her skills. A dedicated researcher and innovator who came to be known as “the brain pioneer” for her groundbreaking research on what’s now known as “brain plasticity,” Barbara has transformed how people with learning disabilities are perceived and educated.

Barbara created her own brain improvement program, and opened the Arrowsmith School in 1980 to bring the program to other students. Today there are over 100 schools offering the program around the world.  The program can also help adults who have had brain injuries from stroke or accidents.

Through Barbara’s passion and achievements, she has taught the world that children with learning disabilities and people who have suffered brain injuries can change their brains, and dream of a brighter future!

Read on to find out how Barbara made her incredible discovery.

Includes a history of studies in brain plasticity, amazing brain facts, vital brain health recommendations, and a comprehensive glossary.

For more information about the book, where to purchase it and large orders please visit Glia Press’ website.

This school is remarkable. It is growing more resilient and stronger. Each student is also gaining those characteristics. Eaton Arrowsmith is a positive solution.
Alicia Campbell, EA parent and student
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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 »