Arrowsmith's approach to LEARNING PROBLEMS


Arrowsmith's approach to LEARNING PROBLEMS
We don't focus on the symptoms.  We take a deeper look at what is causing the symptoms.

We know that learning in all parts of the curriculum 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 because of difficulties with:

  • remembering what a letter or word looks like 
  • remembering a series of words they have heard
  • controlling eye movements that makes the letters on the page appear to swim
  • discriminating between the sounds of similar words
  • blending sounds together
  • understanding the relationship between ideas or concepts
  • unable to hold numbers in their mind
  • unable to understand non verbal cues
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.  Each of these areas can be identified, exercised and strengthened.  The result is the person becomes able to learn and function in the community without compensations.  Here is a questionnaire to help you work out which areas of your brain might need some exercise.

This is a great visual to help understand these concepts as they relate to dyslexia:

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

Similar groupings of cognitive functions could be developed for other learning problems.