Arrowsmith’s Approach to Dyslexia

Defining Dyslexia

Dyslexia is defined as a reading disorder that is neurological in origin.

The Arrowsmith Program offers a deeper analysis: we investigate the issues that lie beneath dyslexia.

Reading difficulties like dyslexia are caused when the brain networks or cognitive functions responsible for reading are underperforming.

People with dyslexia experience weaknesses in some combination of the following functions. There may be others also contributing. Full list of learning dysfunctions.

How can Arrowsmith Program help?

 Arrowsmith School  has been called the Most Innovative Special Education School by Sharp Brains. Why? Because Arrowsmith is not an academic program – it’s a capacity-based one. Meaning it enables individuals to transform their capacity to learn and fundamentally address issues like dyslexia.

  • Fact: Our brains can change. The science of neuroplasticity has revealed this. Arrowsmith relies on this premise to design exercises that target and strengthen the very cognitive functions that are at the core of dyslexia.
  • Fact: Everyone’s brain is different. To address each person’s dyslexia, we must first understand their cognitive profile, the combination and degree of the weak cognitive functions. This enables a truly individualized experience. One size does not fit all. In fact, many students at Arrowsmith engage in several different programs – each one targeted to each challenge/difficulty within their profile.

What does this mean for people with Dyslexia?

  • It means their brains can change, and in turn, struggles related to dyslexia can disappear. Research indicates that with stronger cognitive capacities in key networks, the brain doesn’t have to work as hard; it learns, understands, remembers and applies information efficiently. In addition to strengthening underlying functions of dyslexia, Arrowsmith has programs to target issues related to dyscalculia, dysgraphia, attention, executive function, nonverbal learning, and social and emotional intelligence.
  • Children with dyslexia do not need to suffer trying to make sense of the written word, spend years in remedial programming, develop avoidance tactics in school, or face limited academic or professional futures. The solution is to understand their unique, cognitive profile and then, transform it.

Learn more about our approach to Dyslexia at the Arrowsmith School Toronto Spring Open House