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AT BRAIN ATHLETICS WE WALK WITH YOU TOWARDS A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Welcome to BRAIN ATHLETICS, where in a caring and supportive environment we help students become effective and confident learners and to achieve their goals in life by strengthening their cognitive capabilities.
Brain Athletics was born out of the passion and dedication of Caterina Cerrina who has provided the program for several years. Our goal is to value and support every student to unlock their full potential. At Brain Athletics we motivate students to strengthen their cognitive functions through the Arrowsmith Program.
BRAIN ATHLETICS PROUDLY OFFERS YOU
THE ARROWSMITH PROGRAM
LEARNING DIFFICULTIES DON'T HAVE TO BE PERMANENT; WEAK COGNITIVE CAPACITIES CAN BE IDENTIFIED AND STRENGTHENED.
The Arrowsmith Program is based on the theory of neuroplasticity which is the ability of the brain to change both its physical structure and its functional organization in response to training and experience, to form new neural connections, to strengthen existing connections, to fundamentally change the brain’s capacity to learn and to function.
The goal of the Arrowsmith Program’s cognitive exercises is to strengthen a range of weak cognitive capacities that underlie a number of 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.
The program has been of benefit for students having difficulty with:
visual and auditory memory,
For an overview of the more common problems addressed please read the 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.
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS THAT THE ARROWSMITH PROGRAM STRENGTHENS.
BARBARA ARROWSMITH YOUNG:
THE WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN
The Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises originates from Barbara Arrowsmith-Young's journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities.
When she was in grade one, Barbara was diagnosed as having a mental block; she read and wrote everything backwards, had trouble processing concepts in language, continuously got lost and was physically uncoordinated. Barbara continued throughout her educational career to have difficulty with specific aspects of learning.
In graduate school she came across two lines of research that intrigued her. Luria’s description of specific brain function lead her to a clearer understanding of her own learning problem and the work of Rosenzweig suggested the possibility of improving brain function through specific stimulation.
This lead to the creation of the first exercise designed to improve the learning capacity involved in logical reasoning. The results were positive with gains in verbal reasoning, mathematical reasoning and conceptual understanding. This lead to a further exploration of the nature of specific learning capacities and to creating exercises to strengthen them. This is the ongoing work of Arrowsmith School which can currently identify 19 cognitive areas and has programs designed to strengthen the functioning of each of these. The program originated in Toronto in 1978 and today is implemented in over 100 educational organizations in Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and Asia.
As the Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program, Barbara continues to develop programs for students with specific learning difficulties.
It is her vision that this program be available to all students struggling with specific learning difficulties so they may know the ease and joy of learning and to realize their dreams.
You can read more about Barbara's journey in her book "The woman who changed her brain"
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change
For almost four decades, Arrowsmith Program founder Barbara Arrowsmith Young has argued that when the brain is stimulated in precise ways, its physiology and function change and cognitive deficits can be addressed.
Barbara’s own life story (told in her bestselling book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain) is ample evidence of this, for she overcame her own quite severe learning disabilities by applying those principles to herself and devising – and, over decades, revising — specific, targeted brain exercises.
The goal of the Arrowsmith Program is to identify, intervene and strengthen areas of cognitive weakness that affect learning. It deals with the root causes of a learning disability, rather than managing its symptoms. The goal of the Arrowsmith program is for everyone with learning disabilities to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life.
*Extract taken from the Arrowsmith website.