Cognitive Transformation Stories

   

Throughout the world, Arrowsmith Program sites are creating new realities and transforming the futures of their students. Here are three stories of cognitive transformation.

 Connor – A Mother’s Story

“Connor is a young adult who has multiple learning challenges, suffers from anxiety, depression and other health issues. He is my son and attends where I teach the Arrowsmith Program. I first started noticing changes with him at home six weeks into the Arrowsmith program. One day we had an argument and during the argument, I began crying. He looked at me and asked why I was crying. I explained to him that it was the first time he had ever been able to argue with logic, his communication was clear and his thoughts made sense. Needless to say, our argument turned into a celebration. He is showing signs of initiative that have never been present. He works at a worldwide package handling company and has recently tried to apply for better positions with more responsibilities in that company. His confidence is increasing and he is starting to have hope for his future.  Recently during a holiday break, he got up early in the morning to walk our family dog. It started snowing during his walk and he sent me a text stating he wanted me to drive his car to work instead of my car because of the snowy conditions. He was concerned for my safety and knew he had the better car for the conditions. These small events may seem insignificant to most but they are things he has never done before. The initiative, logic and being able to draw conclusions are all new. Small outward developments reflect big changes in the brain! I am so thankful for the Arrowsmith program and the changes I am seeing in my son, as well as my other Arrowsmith students in the classroom.”

(Source: Liberty Classical Academy, Colorado, USA)

Rita – A Mother’s Story

‘When my son, Kareem, was four-years-old, he struggled to cope with the mainstream academic program. His first symptoms were difficulty following through on instructions and motor coordination (not able to follow gym class or stay in the queue with other children on outings). Kareem would always be out of place, or off task. The school he was attending in London at that time told us they were unable to accommodate him because the number of students in a class (24) would not allow the teacher to have the extra time required to meet his learning needs. They advised us to look for a school for ‘special kids’. Here started our long road in search of a solution.’

Watch an animated film inspired by Rita’s journey of discover that led to the Arrowsmith Program and ultimately the creation of Cognitive Enhancement Centre – Geneva.

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(Source: Cognitive Enhancement Centre – Geneva)

Matt – A Teacher’s Story

Matt was considering dropping out of high school because of his learning challenges. His parents convinced him to give Arrowsmith a chance for his final year of high school. He agreed.

“As a teacher, I have known Matt since he was in my first-grade class, middle school science class and I have been his tutor throughout high school. When he mastered 2H clocks he cried tears of joy. Reading clocks was previously impossible. It was a huge confidence booster. According to Matt, being in the program brings him peace and he enjoys the MSS activities for that very reason. We have a therapy dog in the Arrowsmith program and she is even noticing changes in Matt. When the year began she was reluctant to spend much time around Matt. Today she lays next to him and seeks his affection willingly. Matt has recently been accepted into a law enforcement program geared towards high schoolers who are interested in a future career in law enforcement. He has to take lots of notes and follow lectures in this program. This is something he wasn’t able to do before the Arrowsmith Program. His parents are reporting a happy son who is looking forward to his future. They say he is doing chores and helping with the family business which is something he never had an interest in before. He has more initiative, focus, and peace of mind. His communication skills have also improved. I am so thankful for the Arrowsmith Program and saving this at-risk teen.”

(Source: Liberty Classical Academy, Colorado, USA)

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