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Suitable Students

Is the Arrowsmith Program suitable for you or your child?

Students entering Arrowsmith School typically experience a range of problems including:

  • reading
  • writing
  • mathematics
  • comprehension
  • logical reasoning
  • visual memory
  • auditory memory
  • dyslexia
  • non-verbal learning
  • auditory processing
  • attention

We suggest that parents or students review the list of Learning Difficulties Addressed which contains a list of the learning problems that our program addresses and their common features.

The typical student at Arrowsmith School

  • is of average or above average intelligence
  • has a combination of the learning difficulties that are described in the Descriptions of Learning Difficulties on our web site and in our brochure
  • does not have severe intellectual, cognitive, emotional or behavioural disorders that would significantly affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program.
  • does not have acquired brain injury or an autism spectrum disorder
  • is of elementary, secondary or post-secondary school age

These are guidelines only. There are many students who fall within these guidelines; others who may require further consideration and still others for whom we feel this program cannot provide meaningful benefit.

For example, we do not accept children with severe autism but we have had success with high functioning students with Asperger Syndrome. Some professionals consider Asperger Syndrome to be the same as or similar to high functioning autism, others associate it with non-verbal learning disorder. There is no hard and fast rule and we will consider their appropriateness for our program in consultation with the student’s parents.

These considerations apply equally to students enrolling at one of the schools that offer our program.

If you are not familiar with the work of Arrowsmith School, we invite you to view our Introductory VIDEO. This fifteen-minute introduction provides an overview of our program and we hope it will answer many of your questions about what we do and the suitability of our program for your child or for yourself.

If you feel that the Arrowsmith Program may be the answer to you or your child’s learning difficulties, please contact us by email at

Hear from Arrowsmith parents on the challenges and social stigmas surrounding learning difficulties.