Arrowsmith’s Tree of Transformation
Over 40 years, Arrowsmith has enabled students to establish powerful roots and blossom to follow their chosen paths. We have created a Tree of Transformation to capture the life-changing stories shared by students, parents, and educators worldwide.
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Nina & Andrew - Arrowsmith Parents. Oakleigh Grammar School Australia
Arrowsmith has been a game-changer for our son, who in year 8 was struggling to stay in school, let alone thrive...The transformation in terms of self-esteem, resilience, and personal development has been amazing… This time two years ago, we weren’t even sure we’d be able to keep him in school till year 10, and here we are; it’s been amazing. We can’t recommend the Arrowsmith Program more highly.
Marianne - Principal. Halton Hills Christian School, Canada
Arrowsmith has proven to be a vital and integral program at our school...Confidence levels were the first indicator that the Arrowsmith program was having an impact. Students who previously seemed shy or unengaged were now making eye contact, voicing opinions, and speaking up... (A) student has shared that she is now able to speak up in mainstream class and is even participating in debates. “I am thinking more quickly and have more ideas,” she said.
Claude - Director. Access School, USA
I implemented the Arrowsmith program because it does not draw on compensatory methods or repackaging of the curriculum. This program imparts a method of remediating learning issues instead of creating accommodations. With this program, I now see daily the vibrant growth in every student. Every child is capable of handling the curriculum as long as the brain is given the correct retraining to allow meaning, ideas, and concepts to break in. The Arrowsmith Program permits the individual to gain ground and thrive and later reunites academic programming and educators together to take their rightful place, with the prospect of teaching with purpose.
Jessica - Arrowsmith Parent. Charleston Montessori School, USA
I wanted to let the program know that Nadia is doing AWESOME!! She bounced into the car after school yesterday so excited because the students in her class were telling her that she is the smartest one in the class! She was over the moon! There are a couple of weeks left...but it is looking like she will get straight A's! Two years ago, she couldn't read a thing. I can't thank you enough. Keeping my figures crossed I can get something going in this community.
Kim - Arrowsmith Adult Student. ATG Learning Academy, USA
My name is Kim and I am 36 years old. I had a great experience with the Arrowsmith Program, which I attended as an adult. I am diagnosed with a Central Auditory Processing Disorder. At first, I wasn’t very sure that it would work, but once I tried it, I found it did work. My expressive and receptive language skills improved quickly. My reading comprehension improved. I would tell anyone with a learning disability to investigate the Arrowsmith Program. It was the best learning experience of my life.
Charlotte - Arrowsmith Student. Samuel Marsden Collegiate Institute, New Zealand
This program has had so many profound effects on my education and daily life. The Arrowsmith Program has allowed me to become excited about my future and has given me the confidence to pursue my passions and interests without worrying about learning limitations or boundaries. I cannot express how grateful I am to have completed this program and cannot stress enough to interested families and students how beneficial and spectacular this program is.
Aaron - Arrowsmith Student. Sheila M. Furey, M.D., USA
Before Arrowsmith, my brain was like a bunch of lifeboats at sea, and now some of them have made it to land.
Jonathan - Arrowsmith Parent. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
Over the last several months at Arrowsmith, we have seen Brandon blossom… Cognitively, we have noticed he can follow conversations more easily and is engaged in movies and television programs through their entirety…We (also) noticed that his anxiety has greatly diminished. We are thrilled with the results Brandon has attained in such a short time at Arrowsmith. And while we are pleased with his successes, we are even more pleased to see Brandon fundamentally happier than he has been for a long time. For that, we will be forever grateful to the program and the wonderful faculty and staff that has made that possible.
Vicki - Arrowsmith Parent. Arrowsmith School Peterborough, Canada
The gains from Arrowsmith Program (for my child) have been huge…My daughter was struggling in a way I had not fully understood, and she is not struggling in the same way now…she uses her own brain to do things, where before she was borrowing mine.
Frank - Arrowsmith Adult Student.
My advice for older people like myself who want to keep their brain functioning in the best possible way despite the natural aging process is definitely to try the Arrowsmith Program. It is not difficult to stay motivated and it brings amazing results. I am grateful every day for this opportunity, which has allowed me to improve my mental capacity and I see the improvement from week to week.
Donna and Mike - Arrowsmith Parents. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
After 4 years, it is time for Andrew to leave the Arrowsmith Program. He does not want to leave, as Arrowsmith to him is what he calls home. You have given Andrew a safe place to learn, to grow, and to make mistakes knowing that next time or tomorrow or next week is another mastery that will come his way. Numbers, letters, and reading no longer intimidate Andrew. He took them on, and he won…There are no words to thank each of you for the significant role you have all played in Andrew’s life. He leaves Arrowsmith a happy, confident, bright young man with only opportunity ahead of him.
Marika - Arrowsmith Alumnus. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
To be honest, without Arrowsmith, high school would have felt impossible to do…The program opened my doors and gave me opportunities that I wouldn't even think of doing, and I learned to believe in myself with the confidence that I gained.
Mark - Arrowsmith Parent. Cognitive Strengthening Centre, Australia
(My son) has admitted to me himself that (the Arrowsmith Program) has changed him. He's more confident, and he is more able at school. His math has improved. His reading has improved. He's more able to understand new concepts. Before, he would give up very easily. He would say, “I can't do this.” But now, he will persevere.
Sheila - Arrowsmith Educator. St. Theresa Shrine School, Canada
I have had a wonderful opportunity to offer my students a fantastic program. For the past nine years, I have delivered the Arrowsmith program at St. Theresa Shrine School. I believe that this program has allowed me to make a positive change in the students’ lives…After completing the program, many of the students do not require modifications or assistance in the regular classes. The students have met with success and this has translated into much happiness and positive experiences.
Amanda’s Parents - Arrowsmith Parent. Empowering Lives, Australia
Amanda, age 9, struggled in many areas in particular Math. We went to Canada to try the 6-week Cognitive Intensive Program and stayed for 9 months. She has gone from not knowing how to count in Year 4 to re-entering school in Year 7 and getting mainly A's and B's and an A on her first Math exam. She is now loving school, keeping up with all her schoolwork with no learning support, and organizing herself. No words can describe how thankful and eternally grateful we are to Barbara for the Arrowsmith Program which has transformed Amanda's life.
Mel - Arrowsmith Parent. Eaton Arrowsmith, Canada
Thank you so much for your time and your commitment to making Arrowsmith accessible to so many kids and adults. I know Arrowsmith has changed our life COMPLETELY! My daughter, Piper, has now finished the program in an incredible 14 months…She is now back in mainstream school and completed her first math test on Tuesday and got EVERY question right! We were headed for the biggest train wreck imaginable with her anxiety and inability to achieve at school. But, no more, thanks to Arrowsmith. Eternally grateful. I know it’s a constant uphill and hard battle for anyone that wants to make this more accessible, however, please keep the faith…it seriously changes lives! And I don’t think I’m being dramatic when I say, “saves lives”.
Neila’s Parents - Arrowsmith Parent.
Although only 2 months into our Arrowsmith experience, my wife and I could not be more pleased. We can see dramatic progress in our son’s writing skills, task completion, and willingness to attend school and do homework. When we first looked at Arrowsmith, we thought it would be perfect to address his needs. In fact, I thought it was “too good to be true!” and kept waiting for the “other shoe to drop!” No drop yet! We are thrilled. Please keep up the communication with us going and keep up the great work.
Francine’s Parents - Arrowsmith Parent. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
We heard of the Cognitive Intensive Program through the Arrowsmith Program newsletter and suddenly found ourselves planning a six-week trip to Toronto. It was a leap of faith for our family to make the trip to Toronto, but we now know it is a common story among the families we met here – we felt we had exhausted all the other possible interventions, and we were seeking a new approach. Within three days of beginning, Francine could read the time on an analog clock, and for us, that was a pretty clear signal that we had made a good decision…We have seen changes in her speech, her reading comprehension, her understanding of new concepts, her social confidence, even her sporting ability…When asked, Francine…said she was able to feel the difference in her own abilities developing during and after CIP and that she wanted to do more.
Sandra – Arrowsmith Parent. Eaton Arrowsmith, Canada
24. I thought I should also let you know about the kinds of progress we have seen in Benji in the three-month period since he began Eaton Arrowsmith. He is initiating and planning things much more independently and even doing completely new activities on his own initiative that he has never done without someone prompting or scaffolding for him. He is playing board games much more strategically. He asked for a new novel for a Chanukah present. This was a first as he has never viewed reading novels as anything but hard work before. His time management skills have improved, and he finally grasps the meaning of time-lapse, which is HUGE! He now sets his phone alarm independently for his 45-minute MSS homework without any help. We couldn’t be more excited!
Katie’s Parents - Arrowsmith Parent.
So far this has been one of the most positives experiences in (my daughter’s) life. She feels like she is succeeding. She feels understood by her classmates and teachers. She said, “It’s the first time I have felt normal”. I see a difference already in her confidence and her comprehension. The commitment is worth the outcome. It is always good to feel passionate about something.
Max’s Parents - Arrowsmith Parent. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
Since Max has finished the Cognitive Intensive Program (CIP) a year ago we have noticed multiple positive changes in him. The greatest of these have been regarding his communication skills…Max won a prestigious award at his summer camp this year by writing and giving a speech about Optimism. He actually made the Director of the camp cry when he read his speech because it was so well written and so meaningful. He would never have been able to write such a fantastic speech, and have people understand exactly what he was trying to say if he had not attended the CIP last summer. Overall, we have seen some terrific changes for our son. He is more confident (and) his improved comprehension of the world around him has opened up doors that he never even saw before.
D.D - Arrowsmith Parent. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
When I brought Liam up to Toronto in July for the Intensive Summer Program, I thought that Liam would benefit from the program. Well to my surprise I had no idea how much that would change all of us. During those six weeks, I was noticing changes. He never once complained about the work at Arrowsmith…and instead of asking what, he is now constantly asking why, what does that mean, and he is now understanding the meaning of a metaphor…He is reading books with a different enthusiasm, he is so excited to learn. I wasn’t aware of how beautiful the Arrowsmith experience was going to be for all of us, I have grown so much on this journey, I appreciate and understand Liam even more. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Lennie - Arrowsmith Adult Student. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
I began to organize my thoughts more effectively, and to plan ahead— first a few weeks ahead, then a few months ahead. For the first time in my life, I had real long-term goals and was able to take steps towards achieving them.
Karmen -Arrowsmith Parent. CoreSenses, Australia
Since doing the Arrowsmith program, I’ve observed a significant increase in the complexity of my son’s speech patterns and expressions. Not only has his vocabulary greatly expanded, but he has learned to assemble words together in coherent and surprisingly creative ways to express his thoughts. This has given him the confidence to speak more and debate ideas, which has in turn developed that self-belief required to succeed in all aspects of life from social to academic.
Arrowsmith Adult Student. NYC, USA
I don't always feel as if I'm behind a glass, asking people to interpret the world for me; many, many more times now, I reach out to others and invite myself to be included and I can participate in multi-layered conversations.
John -Arrowsmith Alumni. Arrowsmith School Toronto, Canada
Arrowsmith has been life-changing. Before coming to Arrowsmith I had difficulty reading and I was a university student struggling to do my work, spending twice as long on my assignments, and getting far less on my grades than my classmates. After three years full-time at Arrowsmith my reading improved, my study habits became better and I won the Principal’s Award.
After leaving Arrowsmith and returning to university I became one of the top students in my classes, I ran and won the position of Disabilities Commissioner for my Student Union and I graduated with honours. I am also very honoured that Arrowsmith invited me back in 2016 to speak and share my story at that year’s graduation. None of this would have been possible without Arrowsmith School.
Kathryn -Arrowsmith Adult student. Empowering Lives, Australia
I believe that I am able to remember details of information more clearly. I also seem to make faster decisions in some circumstances. The process of learning how to use the numerical keyboard has developed that motor skill and the repetition of the exercise is of course helped reduce the time it takes to complete a challenge. Although I am only doing the one exercise of clocks as part of Symbol Relations I do believe that it has made a difference for me.
I enjoy studying but was finding that I had difficulty retrieving the information I had learned when I wanted it. I knew I just couldn't retrieve it. It detracted from the enjoyment of study, created doubt, and was time and energy consuming as I tried to recall information I had studied for use in my profession. I delayed returning to a course that involves complex concepts because the energy I would use trying to recall information was just too tiring. I am starting to feel more confident that I may now be able to complete the course.
Michelle -Arrowsmith Parent. Empowering Lives, Australia
My daughter is more confident, better memory, passed English with a good solid C. I would recommend the Arrowsmith Program as it has allowed my girl to maintain B’s and C’s at school. I can’t even imagine how hard school would be for her now if we hadn’t started Arrowsmith three years ago. Empowering Lives have managed online learning, we love the convenience.
Kerrie –Arrowsmith Parent, Empowering Lives, Australia
There have been only a few times in my sons’ lifetime journey where we have seen a genuine significant improvement in his abilities. This program is one of them. The Arrowsmith program has improved his ability to think, follow instructions and problem solve. It is truly amazing to watch, and we haven't even finished yet!!! I would highly recommend this program to all parents of similar need. My son now has better cognitive processing across all of the mind activities.
Fiona -Arrowsmith Parent, Empowering Lives, Australia
Our daughter’s reading has improved immensely mainly due to a huge improvement in working memory. Many people have noticed an improvement in speech as she longer needs to pause to think about what she wanted to say. She also asks fewer questions showing she understands things the first time. For a period she got quite argumentative, which for some people may seem a negative change, however, we were so excited to see her formulate an argument.
The biggest thing they have noticed at school is a leap in her confidence to approach new things. I already recommend Arrowsmith to everyone! I had been aware of neuroplasticity for over 20 years and knew all along that there had to be a better way than just getting children with learning difficulties to do the same thing over and over. I have seen so often students re-doing year level work after year-level work which if they couldn't understand it the first time why would get it the next. I explain to people that this is about changing the brain so it can learn, not just learning a way to compensate.
Carlie - Arrowsmith School Online Student
Three months into the program, my teachers, family, and I saw dramatic changes. School was easier, homework took less time, retaining information came easily, and my grades improved. And just as importantly, my frustration plummeted, and my confidence soared as the fog that had blanketed my brain for sixteen years lifted.
Ashlyn's Parents - Arrowsmith Parent.
When my daughter was in 4th grade, her class had weekly timed multiplication tests, 50 questions in two minutes. Due to what we later discovered was Dyscalculia, she could only get through about a dozen problems before time ran out, though the ones she could finish were all correct…Even though the accelerated class wouldn’t even be offered for a few years, the teacher was letting me know then and there that math was just going to be too hard for my daughter. It was frustrating because she knew the answers, it was as though she just needed more time to get them out.
Fast forward a year and a half and a diagnosis of dyslexia and dyscalculia, we discovered the Arrowsmith program was being offered at a school nearby. After two years, my daughter tested into the advanced Algebra class at her new school and now has a 98 average in the class. She is still working on Symbol Relations and MSS, via the remote program but has made remarkable progress.
I’d love to go back to that teacher and tell her that Ashlyn was actually highly capable of more advanced math, she just needed Arrowsmith. I shudder to think how many students she has needlessly steered away from math throughout the years.
The only thing I wish I could change about the Arrowsmith Program was that we’d found it sooner. Ashlyn has made an amazing transformation, not just in her academic progress, but in her academic confidence as well.
Arrowsmith Adult Student, Toronto, Canada
Before this program, I was a completely different person. Due to my premature birth, I often suffered from a lack of energy and a constant struggle with mathematics. I also wouldn’t speak up much in class, and would take longer to read material. I had constant anxiety over the most menial of things— and while I was a friendly person, I was very judgmental of others.
After the clocks, everything changed! It began with a sudden increase in energy, and a better understanding of what was going on around me— like a curtain being pulled away from a window. Then, as I would look out that window, the light began to change into a glorious and colorful sunrise; this was my mind now. My depression vanished; completely gone except for rare moments. My anxiety, too, was gone— it is only in very specific circumstances that I get anxious at all, and even then, it is a quarter of what it once was. My horizons are broadened, my brain is more logical and reason based, and my moods are more stable. It also pleases me to say that I am less judgmental and less sensitive. As for academics, I began to speak up more in class, and held my own much better in one on one conversations with professors— it was wonderful to be able to have a more extensive vocabulary, and to remember the reading from three days hence when before, I might have zoned out or just taken frantic notes.
When I was abroad before the clocks, I constantly got lost and turned around— now I can drive on highways and read navigational maps with ease. Lastly, my sense of direction for the future has never been brighter or more promising— I know exactly what I want to do in life and I go out and get it. It’s hard to say all the benefits the clocks have given me in a short amount of time, but I would say that it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. While my adolescent years surely would have benefited from it, I’m happy to be going into grad school and the job world much more prepared, happy, and above all, grateful to Arrowsmith.
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