Strengthening Learning Capacities

A cognitive program for students with learning disabilities

The Arrowsmith Program is based on neuroscience research demonstrating that it is possible to address learning disabilities by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities.  Arrowsmith School has used this program successfully since 1978.  The goal of the program is to help students strengthen weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions and to enable them to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life.


  • Reading:  understanding cause and effect; understanding main idea; making inferences; drawing conclusions; locating information; understanding literary concepts
  • Mathematics:  understanding word problems; understanding relationships; mental math; formulas; problem solving


  • Remembering instructions
  • Listening for information
  • Following conversations
  • Remembering the names of things and formulas

Logical Reasoning

  • Flexibility of thought
  • Problem solving and planning
  • Understanding relationships
  • Understanding emotions and how to react to them

Executive Functions

  • Organization skills
  • Multitasking
  • Making sure work is finished on time
  • Applying previously learned information
  • Paying attention

About Arrowsmith

What the program accomplishes:

  • Builds and strengthens cognitive processes that are necessary for more efficient learning
  • Trains visual and auditory memory as well as attention and concentration
  • Improves fine motor skills necessary for writing and note-taking
  • Strengthens working memory, processing speed and cognitive efficiency
  • Strengthens executive functions
  • Builds the capacity for both verbal and non-verbal thinking, reasoning and problem solving

Our framework for results

  • Detailed assessment of nineteen cognitive functions
  • Innovative methods which include specialized cognitive exercises
  • Clearly defined and individualized goals
  • A positive, supportive and structured learning environment
  • Low student to teacher ratio
  • Building self-esteem by developing competence