Arrowsmith | St. Thomas Community Christian School

We are excited to offer the Arrowsmith Program at STCCS.


Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is the brain’s ability to change both its physical structure and its functional organization in response to training and experience – to grow dendrites (the branch like structures on the cell body of the neuron which receive signals coming from other neurons), to form new neural connections, to strengthen existing connections, to grow new neurons, to increase neurotransmitters – all of which fundamentally change the brain’s capacity to learn and to function, and this can happen throughout the lifespan.

The premise of the Arrowsmith Program is that the weaker cognitive areas that contribute to learning difficulties can be strengthened through cognitive exercises and once the source of the learning difficulty is addressed, the learner’s ability to perform complex tasks will also be improved.

What is the Arrowsmith Program?

In summary, the Arrowsmith Program is a suite of cognitive programs designed to address a series of cognitive functions underlying a range of specific learning difficulties.  The programs target several areas of cognitive functioning involved in learning.

Each cognitive program has a series of intensive and graduated tasks designed to address a specific area of cognitive functioning.  The goal of the Arrowsmith Program is to identify and strengthen a series of weak cognitive areas that affect learning, and each student works on cognitive programs that are individually designed for their areas of learning difficulty.

For more information, visit the Arrowsmith Website.

Students at our school are typically eligible for the Arrowsmith Program starting in Grade 4 but can also begin in any higher grade including as a Secondary School student.  Students usually spend 4 years in the program. 

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