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How do I get to "Arrowsmith Program ex-students failure dyslexia"?

By April 28, 2010 - 9:42pm
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On the Home page, I see a rubric saying that this is the best place to get to the above-mentioned article (or is it a class of articles?), but I cannot find anywhere to click to get to that (those?) article(s?). Please help. Thank you. PS. Any other articles on the Arrowsmith Program would also be welcome.

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My daughter has been in the Arrowsmith program for the last 6 months. At first, I was skeptical. We had tried Neuhaus and tutors for 2 years with little benefit, so I felt 'why not try it, we have nothing to lose by trying.' After 6 months in this program the change in her is remarkable. She is now able to easily process complex and abstract ideas that would have crippled us before the program. Her conceptual thinking, memory, and reading have improved dramatically. It is ok to be skeptical.... I was. After 6 months, I am a believer. I am so happy I found something that works for her.

February 11, 2015 - 1:15pm
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Like Nomadreid, I, too, want to see independent, objective results from actual neuro-researchers rather than just the propaganda put out from Arrowsmith. I would like to hear from former students how they are doing in the "real" world at least 5 years beyond the Arrowsmith Program. I am skeptical to believe the results of a program developed by someone who is not an actual neurologist with a PhD or MD. Anyone who works with children knows that the brain is everchanging depending upon the cognitive level of activities the child is exposed to in their academic setting, but to make a claim that Arrowsmith can cure dyslexia (yes, I heard this stated in person from a member of the Arrowsmith faculty) is ludicrous. Please let us know where to find non-bias, legitimate, objective research data.

September 20, 2011 - 5:52pm

Thank you, Pat Elliot. I am well familiar with the Arrowsmith School site, as well as lots and lots of associated sites. Many of these sites praise the results of the Arrowsmith school. Fine. However, although it is clear that she was inspired by research into brain plasticity (Luria, Rosenzweig), and that she has adopted the general conclusion that weaknesses in brain function can be strengthened rather than circumvented, there seems to be no independent objective investigation into the validity of her claim that her present methods are actually based on ongoing neuroplasticity research. Could it be that this program is successful because of traditional methods, combined with a couple of innovative pedagogical ideas based on broad notions of brain functions, methods which are well applied, something that is possible given the very high fees for the program? I do not know; I am looking for independent articles (not from the Arrowsmith website) which can tell me (and substantiate their conclusions). Thanks to anyone who can give me a lead.

April 29, 2010 - 8:28pm
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Hi nomadreid - There is a glitch in the site software that sometimes indexes topics that people have searched for although the topics are not covered on the site. This may be what happened with the information you found. In any case, the following link will take you to information about the Arrowsmith Program which comes directly from those who run it. I hope you find it helpful. Pat

The Arrowsmith Program is founded on neuroscience research and 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises.

The Arrowsmith Program identifies, intervenes and strengthens the weak cognitive capacities that affect learning. Students are able to capitalize on their increased learning capacities and after a three or four year program can function without special education assistance or program accommodations. The Arrowsmith Program is suitable for students with mild to severe learning problems.


April 29, 2010 - 6:31pm
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