Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program is based on the application of neuroscientific research and for 40 years we have worked to help students strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying a range of learning difficulties. Our goal is to help students become effective, confident, and self-directed learners. For children and youth, this includes enabling them to return to a regular school after a three to four year program. Our program is offered at sites throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Spain, the Cayman Islands, and Switzerland.

Participating & Prospective Sites

Find out more about providers offering Arrowsmith Programs globally.


Answers to our most commonly asked questions.


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The practical aspects of implementing the Arrowsmith Program.

Information Sessions

Register to attend a Professional Information session or webinar.

Implementation Guidelines

For educators and administrators interested in offering the Program.

Advocacy Guidelines

Building awareness for challenges faced by students with learning difficulties.

Recognize the Signs

Find out more about cognitive functions we can strengthen.


Arrowsmith Program refers both to the Arrowsmith Program methodology and also to our affiliated organizations that make the Arrowsmith Program available to public and private schools in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia.

The Arrowsmith Program is based on the philosophy that it is possible to address specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities.

The goal of the Arrowsmith Program’s intensive and graduated cognitive exercises is to strengthen a range of weak cognitive capacities that are hypothesized to underlie a number of specific learning difficulties. Each student’s program is based on a careful assessment to identify that individual’s specific learning difficulties.

The Arrowsmith Program, through a careful assessment, identifies areas of learning strength and weakness to create an individual learning profile for each student and then designs a program of individualized exercises for each student to target their precise areas of weakness.

Our program has been of benefit for students having difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed and dyslexia. For an overview of the more common problems addressed please read our Chart of Learning Outcomes.

Our goal is for our students to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life and to enable them to achieve their goals of academic and career success.

As well as providing the Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises, Arrowsmith Program provides a comprehensive teacher training course, continuing professional development, year-round support for all Arrowsmith Program classroom teachers, a detailed web-based assessment for all students and ongoing monitoring and supervision of student progress over the internet and liaison with Arrowsmith Program Coordinators during the school year.

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Learning Dysfunctions Addresseed

Descriptions of learning dysfunctions addressed by the Arrowsmith Program


Learn more about our methodology


A brief history of the Arrowsmith Program.

Student Outcomes

Comments from students and parents

Student Suitability

The first step in determining whether the Arrowsmith Program is right for you or someone you know.


Learn more about research behind the Arrowsmith Program

Speaking Engagements

Full list of upcoming speaking events


The members of our staff bring a wealth of varied practical experience and academic training to their positions at Arrowsmith Program.

Executive Director

Debra Gilmore

Administrative Assistant

Katarina Hunter

Project Manager

Andrea Peirson

Program Development Leader

Caylin Trudell 
*On Maternaty Leave



Program Team Leaders

Jill Marcinkowski

Jessica Froislie

Kaitlin Schoenmakers

Caitlin Moffatt-Bates
*On Maternity Leave

Program Coordinators

Christopher Benjamin

Kristen Fernandez
*On Maternity Leave

Rame Balasingam

Timothy Sasaki

Project Manager

Kruti Shah