Arrowsmith's approach to dyslexia


Arrowsmith's approach to dyslexia
We do not focus on the symptoms.  We take a deeper look.  We know that learning to read is a complex task that requires several areas of the brain to be functioning strongly. Each area is measured for its strength during the assessment so when the person begins their program we know if they are struggling with learning to read because:

  • there is an inability to remember what a letter or word looks like 
  • there is a difficulty with remembering a series of words 
  • there is a difficulty controlling eye movements that makes the letters on the page appear to swim
  • there is a difficulty discriminating between the sounds of similar words
  • there is a difficulty blending sounds together
  • there is a difficulty understanding the relationship between ideas or concepts
Each of these characteristics of 'dyslexia' is an indication that there is an underlying cognitive area which is not performing strongly enough to support efficient reading.  

This is a great visual to help understand these concepts:

https://arrowsmithschool.org/dyslexia-arrowsmith-1