August 10, 2009 4:12 pm at 4:12 pm #590158
If your son/daughter is struggling in school, this is for you. If you have tried therapies, this is for you. If you pay for extra tutoring/Rebbi, this is for you. If your child has any issues at all with memorization, focus, attention, comprehension, this is for you. If your child “just seems lost” and is “not getting it” in math, Chumash, Gemorah, whether it’s serious or even just some of the time, this is for you. If you want to sharpen your child brain, this is for you. If PTA is your biggest nightmare, this is for you.
Let me explain: Arrowsmith is a program that was developed in Toronto, Canada over 30 years ago. It was developed by a woman (Barbara Arrowsmith) who struggled her entire childhood to keep up with her peers. When she went to college she learned that there is a way to strenghten the muscles of your brain, being that the brain has plasticity. She worked with specialists to develop a program which can strenghten 19 different muscles/areas of the brain. The program consists of mostly computer, visual, and audio session which are 40 minutes a piece, usually 3 to 6 sessions a day, 5 to 6 times per week. It’s an exciting and stimulating program for boys and girls of all ages (high school included). Last year, a few frustrated parents got together and brought the programs into New York. The program was instituted into Bais Yaakov of Boro Park for girls, Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel (Chofetz Chaim) for boys in Flatbush, and Yeshiva Degel Hatorah for boys in Monsey. Each student, Bli Ayin Hora, showed tremendous improvements, Boruch Hashem. The children gained confidence, too. If you want to help your sons and daughters from years of struggling and low self-esteem, this program is for you!!!
Contact me through the Yeshiva World Coffee Room or by contacting one of these schools immediately to have your child evaluated before the school year begins. Contact me with any questions, I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge.
Help your child today!!August 11, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm #657823
Wow! This program sounds amazing!! How is it better than any other program, like Ichud or the resource room?August 12, 2009 2:59 am at 2:59 am #657824
All the Ichud programs and therapy programs and resource room programs are all fine but they’re only band-aid treatments as they only help the child cope with their issues temporarily. Arrowsmith on the other hand cuts to the source of the problem and fixes the weaknesses in the brain that each child is lacking in. It actually strengthens the areas of the brain that are weak & once that area is strengthened it is fixed FOREVER. There is no other program out there that rivals it. If your child has a memory issue or comprehension issue, once that area is repaired, that child will NEVER HAVE THAT PROBLEM AGAIN. We find that many children,upon conclusion of Arrowsmith, became so advanced that they were able to go into the enriched programs being offered in their schools to the “brighter” and more gifted children.August 12, 2009 2:20 pm at 2:20 pm #657825
Wow!! This program seems unbelievable!! It sounds fantastic…where can I get more information? And is there still room available in the schools that have this program? and how can we get this program up and running in other neighborhoods/states?August 12, 2009 3:46 pm at 3:46 pm #657826
Is there any way to bering this program to London? It sounds amazing!August 12, 2009 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #657827
One more question…if the students are in the arrowsmith program 3 or six times a day, then what happens to the classwork that they are missing?August 12, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #657828
The girls schools and the yeshivas understand that each child is working very hard in the Arrowsmith classes that they are attending and also they do have homework to do as well at night. Therefore, the boy/girls are not responsible for the classroom material that they are missing. The parents along with the Arrowsmith teacher will decide before the schoolyear begins which classes are most benificiary the the child to be in the classroom. For example, a 4th or 5th grader would benefit greater to be doing an Arrowsmith session than sitting in a classroom and learning social studies. Also, please understand that even if the child is missing important classes like math or Chumash, most likely he is sitting for hours in class and not really “getting” the information and then he has to be tutored in that subject anyways. So when he does the Arrowsmith program and strengthens the area that he/she is lacking in then he can learn and understand the concepts (of math/Chumash/Gemorrah, etc.) that much quicker and never need help or tutoring anymore.August 13, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am #657829
It IS an amazing program, beyond what you can imagine. I heard in Canada they are evaluating the students as soon as they enter elementary school to catch any weaknesses before it becomes an issue. Also, they’ve begun adult classes, too. As far as getting it into London, I would imagine that it should be doable. This year we are opening a program in Baltimore. We hope to get it going IY”H in Lakewood next year. There is currently also yeshivas in Miami and Los Angeles.August 13, 2009 2:18 am at 2:18 am #657830
this program really does sound interesting! hatzlacha with it this coming school year!August 13, 2009 3:54 am at 3:54 am #657831
Thank you Jax for the encouraging comment. Please spread this information to whoever might need it. Especially for any teen who’s tried every which way to pull him/herself up from the bottom of the class with tutors/rebbe, resource room, therapy… this might be the last chance! To fix the issues that are hindering the childs ability to learn and function like their peers, or beyond, is amazing. Check it out before another year of struggle begins.August 20, 2009 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #657832
This is a wonderful program and more schools should be offering this to their students!
My son is in the program and he has made significant strides. Any parent that has a child with learning issues should be looking into what Arrowsmith offers and determining if it is for them.
There are so many of our children who are struggling, nebach!
Parents: If this sounds like something that would benefit your child, inquire further. You won’t be sorry you did.August 20, 2009 5:08 pm at 5:08 pm #657833
Who could help bring this program to London?August 20, 2009 6:50 pm at 6:50 pm #657834
If you go to the Arrowsmith website http://www.arrowsmithschool.org, you can get more information. If you click on the “media” link there is a long list of article links there many of them are from jewish news sources.
One article is called HOW I OVERCAME MY LD AND LEARNED TO LOVE SCHOOL. At the end of the article it says, “For more information on how to bring this program to your child’s school e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org“.
This could be a first step in bringing it to a yeshiva near you.August 21, 2009 7:02 am at 7:02 am #657836
Thank you first timer for this post. Would you or anyone else know where I could find this in Israel? I have an 11 year old daughter who could really benefit from this and I live in Jerusalem.August 21, 2009 5:17 pm at 5:17 pm #657839
Are they going to get this in Los Angeles? It sounds great!August 21, 2009 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm #657840
1st Timer, do you have any references for this program?August 21, 2009 7:32 pm at 7:32 pm #657841
Googling it I did find this from the Toronto catholic school board:
In this report on the effectiveness of the Arrowsmith Program in achieving the above goals with learning disabled
students in the TCDSB the following was found:
Comprehension, Reading Speed) of between 1.5 to 3 times;
learning such as the ability to focus, understanding instructions, listening skills, organizational skills,
remembering factual information, understanding ideas, and in skill acquisition such as reading comprehension,
legibility of written work, telling time and in areas of confidence, self-esteem and frustration level;
spelling, mathematics, mental math, reasoning, writing, grammar, understanding concepts, improved grades in
academic classes, doing work independently, and self-organization;
concentration and focus, visual memory, non-verbal problem solving, mental arithmetic, number sense, thinking
and problem solving;
The above findings, combined with previous research of the program, strongly support the effectiveness of the
Arrowsmith Program for a wide range of learning disabilities.August 23, 2009 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm #657842
For Labochur from LA…Great News! Maimonides Academy in Los Angeles has been running the Arrowsmith Program for a few years now with fantastic results. The principal is Rabbi Gross, just log onto the website listed above on the link for “whats new””arrowsmith program sites” and you’ll find all the information how to contact each school that runs the program. Check it out before the school year begins again. HatzlochaAugust 23, 2009 2:34 pm at 2:34 pm #657843
Great info from Jothar. Also on the website, is a short video demonstrating the program. If anyone wants to speak to some parents or one of our teachers (who go for specialized training classes) please contact us asap. If any parent in one of the existing yeshiva/schools that has the program wants to have their child evaluated, now would be time.August 23, 2009 7:24 pm at 7:24 pm #657844
I was just following the thread…and this program really sounds amazing. It is obviously an excellent program to help one overcome their difficulties in the English subjects. However,can it help for Hebrew subjects also? (chumash, kriah, etc.)August 28, 2009 2:57 am at 2:57 am #657845
100% yes! The Arrowsmith program helps with all skills including reading and writing. Most children with learning difficulties have reading and handwriting difficulties, too. It will not only bring up his/her reading and comprehension in English,it will improve all Kriah/reading/comprehension issues. Also the same concept with math, logic, mishnayos, gemorrah, Chumash. Personally speaking, my son did not do well in any subject. This past year, he took 6 arrowsmith classes every day. He was in his regular classroom only for Gemorrah and 2 english classes. I can’t explain to you the excitement we all had when he finally “chapped” a difficult gemorrah piece and repeated it to us with clarity and understanding. He wasn’t just repeating memorized information like he was used to doing. Please understand that the program is NOT a magic pill. The children work very hard, but after time you will see results. It’s like any other exercize routine-you work the muscle long enough, it will get stronger.August 28, 2009 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm #657846
I would also like to add that the students gain a self-confidence that they never had before. A child’s self-worth and self-perception is really damaged when they experience failure after failure.
I have heard my son wonder why he is so “dumb”. And when I encouraged him to try again, he told me straight out “I just can’t do it! Nothing helps me!”. I can’t tell you what a boost it is for him when he comes home and tells me he reached a new level in his Arrowsmith exercises. He knows it is difficult and he is doing it!August 28, 2009 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm #657847
The Arrowsmith program teaches children how to dream on and not get jaded. They no longer have to be living on the edge.August 28, 2009 6:06 pm at 6:06 pm #657848
Well, on a practical level, it gives the children tangible exercises to do to strengthen them in their areas of weakness, so they can finally learn and understand the school material on par with their intelligence.
But it can give HOPE to a child and to the parents that their child can be successful in school and also in life. They can now feel that their future doesn’t have to be something bleak. It can be something exciting to look forward to.August 28, 2009 8:39 pm at 8:39 pm #657849
Just to add a few pointers; the earlier you start your child, the fewer years of suffering you and your child will have. To have to go through evaluations for therapies, finding the right therapists, going to and from therapy, classroom interruptions, etc.,etc.,etc. When your son/daughter is high school age it’s not too late, as a matter of fact it might be your last chance of saving their future! Instead of having your child wandering the hallways of school out of boredom and “chalila” finding other interests, he/she can overcome their difficulties and their futures will be IY”H much easier.August 31, 2009 8:38 pm at 8:38 pm #657850
It’s not too late to enroll your son or daughter into the Arrowsmith Program. Have your child evaluated this week so that another year of pain and suffering won’t occur, Chas V’Shalom.August 31, 2009 8:54 pm at 8:54 pm #657851
1st timer you make it sound like this program is the ONLY program that can work. As with everything else each child may have different results. Also who are you to say that Ichud and resource room is just a “band-aid”. You sound like a quick scheme door salesman when you put down the “competition”. Folks out there please do your homework before going into such a program. There is no magic potion out there.August 31, 2009 9:18 pm at 9:18 pm #657852
You are 100% correct. For those of you who have gone through many of the other programs, you know that your childs’ issues have not gone away. The resource rooms and therapies help each child (tremendously) by breaking down the information, on a much slower pace so that they can learn accordingly. To understand Arrowsmith is to know that it is NOT a teaching type of class. It is brain strenghthening exercizes that after time actually “fixes” the difficiencies/disabilities that the kids have. No it’s not magic. It’s very hard work but with 1 to 3 (or 4, if very severe) years time he/she will reap the rewards. PS-there are a group of kids that just graduated elementary school Ichud program who still don’t belong anywhere for high school. I know that some are trying desperately to get into Arrowsmith.September 1, 2009 1:18 am at 1:18 am #657853
This discussion is an important one – don’t get me wrong. But we need to put things in perspective. Just because you and I both wear size 8 C shoes doesn’t mean that the same style will be comfortable for both of us. It’s the same with learning. One size fits all just doesn’t work. The diehards who sing the praises of Orton-Gillingham don’t want to listen to the way in which other programs (Wilson’s, TouchPhonics, etc.) can make a difference. In order to see success with any child we need to address his unique needs (as per the definition of Special Education in IDEIA). That means finding the pieces of each program that work for that particular child and using those elements to develop a unique program.
The Cognitive areas that are developed through Arrowsmith will undoubtedly help a child move along in his learning. But that alone, especially when we are talking about several years, is not enough. Yes, it is true that some children who have gone through special education programs have not found high schools, but let’s ask ourselves a question. When did these students begin to receive the intense remediation found in a self-contained program? Did they start in first grade or in fifth? Was the program appropriate to begin with? Maybe the child isn’t functioning at a level that would allow him to master academic material. Why not look into vision therapy? It helps hundreds of children with severe learning issues. That is another alternative. I hate to say it, but First Timer isn’t giving us an objective look at this program. It behooves every parent to reading the information for himself and then look into the program – taking into consideration the expense and the time investment. And while the child is learning these skills – what is happening to academics? Don’t write off self-contained programs. They are not band-aids. Just make sure that the program has developed a unique plan for your child, and then make them stick to it.September 1, 2009 2:37 am at 2:37 am #657854
Every parent has to know what’s best for their childs developement. All I’m trying to do is inform our community about a “new to our circles” program that has proven itself for over 30 years in Canada. Check the website out. Check the book The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge who devotes the entire chapter 2 to Arrowsmith. I’m not knocking, Chas V’Shalom, any of the therapies. They all work. Arrowsmith incorporates every single therapy including vision, handwriting, occupational and speech. It’s strenuous congnitive exercises done not just a few times a week but daily. Each childs needs is assessed individually. It can help for 19 different learning dysfunctions including dyslexia and A.D.D. BTW, it’s not just for children/teenagers but in Canada they opened many centers that are for adults-it helps with short and long term memory issues…September 1, 2009 3:53 am at 3:53 am #657855
Tzippy323- It sounds to me like you’re really familiar with the programs that you mentioned, but not at all familiar with the Arrowsmith program. If you were familiar you would know that there is nothing one-size-fits-all about it. As 1st timer says, “each child’s needs is assessed individually” so that child’s specific weaknesses are targeted. And then an individualized program is set up for that child and specifically at his/her level. It is also designed in a way that fosters success by making the exercises incremental. As soon as a the child attains one level, they begin to work on the next level of difficulty, and their progress is constantly being monitored.
Also, I think a better analogy of resource room methods would be to that of a crutch for an injured leg, while the Arrowsmith methodology would then be likened to physical therapy or rehabilitation so that the person need not always depend on the crutches. (For instance: one would teach the child mnemonic devices to help memorize, while the other actually improves the child’s memory)
I believe any parent who has a child with learning issues would be grateful to be informed about a different program which could potentially work to help their child. Especially, if you have already tried the tutors, resource room, etc. and you feel the frustration of knowing that it has fallen far short of your expectations.September 1, 2009 4:13 am at 4:13 am #657856
Some of this is starting to sound like propaganda instead of sincere presentation of information.
Arrowsmith may be a great program, but it doesn’t need you to belittle other approaches in order to toot its horn.
Most approaches are certainly *not* bandaid approaches, and to present them as such is deceptive. Properly provided therapy works with the brain to change how the brain processes, interprets, and stores information. Vision, reading, and language therapy, among others, have changed children for life. Experienced LD specialists have changed the course of childrens’ academic and social future. Terming them as “bandaid” makes you sound gimmicky and silly, and compromises the integrity of your presentation.
From what I understand, Arrowsmith is a wonderful program, and deserves mention in the array of choices available to help children.September 1, 2009 3:37 pm at 3:37 pm #657857
Bemused- I think 1st timer sounds like a parent who has tried many ways to help his/her child and has finally found something that works! And wants to let other parents know about it as an option for their children.
It might be easy to be dispassionate for someone who hasn’t been through the heartache and frustration that is entailed in having a child with a learning disablity. But when something is working to help your child…!
Please don’t discourage others from looking into this program for their child. No one has claimed that Arrowsmith is magic or that it is for everyone. It is not for everyone.
And parents should not place their child in a program unless they do their due diligence in finding out all there is to know and are convinced that it is what’s best for their child.September 1, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm #657858
To have exhausted every type of therapy (not just 2 or 3 years worth, more like 10 years) is to understand finding a program like Arrowsmith. To help someone else not to have to go through years of struggles is a Brocha. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but those that need other options, this is for you.September 1, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm #657859
I wrote, “From what I understand, Arrowsmith is a wonderful program, and deserves mention in the array of choices available to help children.”
And you wrote, “Please don’t discourage others from looking into this program for their child. No one has claimed that Arrowsmith is magic or that it is for everyone. It is not for everyone.”
I assume you were addressing someone else.September 3, 2009 4:29 am at 4:29 am #657860
To NY Mom who thinks I am not familiar with Arrowsmith – nothing could be further from the truth. There is an Arrowsmith program in my neighborhood and several students in a local school are receiving training in the program. Unfortunately, the children that are being serviced have not shown dramatic improvement. The program requires a large investment of time and while the child is doing the training they are missing classroom academics (these children receive their training during school time – they leave the school twice a day). I’m not saying that the program isn’t worthy – I am saying that there has to be a balance between this type of training and academic intervention. And if you truly believe that we only teach mnemonics to compensate for memory, you could not be more wrong. We use many methods to train memory and improve it. If you haven’t had that experience, then the resource room or special ed program has not been doing its job.September 3, 2009 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm #657861
The children who are in the program and who are also in a regular classroom for part of the day are getting “the best of both worlds”. They have the classroom atmosphere including most important socialization time with their friends/classmates and they get the cognitive exercises in arrowsmith. The classroom academics which they are missing out on is the very reason that they need Arrowsmith. They are usually sitting in the classroom NOT getting the information being taught. For a child to feel helpless and lost in the classroom and then to come home after a full day and not know how or what to do with the homework let alone a test or reports, is doing a tremendous disservice to him/her. I don’t know who you got your information from about the students not having dramatic improvements, but, a) like we said in the past, this is not a magic potion, it takes many weeks and months to show improvement, b) the “proof is in the pudding” because about 98% of the students that began last year are continuing this year. It’s not cheap so it must’ve shown good enough results to do it again.September 3, 2009 5:49 pm at 5:49 pm #657862
“b) the “proof is in the pudding” because about 98% of the students that began last year are continuing this year. It’s not cheap so it must’ve shown good enough results to do it again.”
No, all that means is the school won’t allow them back into the regular class once the parent admitted the child needs additional help.September 3, 2009 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #657863
Tzippy – I did not say that the resource room only teaches mnemonics. I only gave that as a pithy example.
And I do have experience with LD children, therapists and their methods. I have seen all kinds of therapists – some who have helped and some who have tried their best, but made little difference to the child’s overall academic situation. And any progress with resource room methods, in my experience, has always been slow. In fact, I have never seen dramatic progress with resource room methods.
I am not trying to put you or anyone else down. I am sure that you have helped many children. But what I am saying is that I have been impressed with Arrowsmith and their well-structured, scientifically based exercises and I have seen progress. And I am trying to help inform other parents as to another option for their struggling children, which in my opinion and my experience, has helped where other options have failed.September 3, 2009 6:31 pm at 6:31 pm #657864
Artchill – Wrong! You are completely wrong in this case. I don’t what your child’s school is like or even if you have a child, but your post has no basis of fact in this case.September 3, 2009 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm #657865
Artchill- Double Wrong!!!! The yeshiva did not influence any parent to do arrowsmith it is completely up to the parents to continue or not. As a matter of fact, every student enrolled was at the parents request NOT yeshiva/school influence at all.September 7, 2009 2:33 am at 2:33 am #657866
i always thought uses the kids’ strengths to help his/her weaknessesSeptember 7, 2009 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm #657867
goody613- I don’t understand what you’re saying, can you comment again?September 7, 2009 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #657868
i didnt reaaly understand what he was saying but this kids mother does it in HALB and he told me something like thatSeptember 9, 2009 4:11 am at 4:11 am #657869
Goody613-HALB is one of the schools that has had the Arrowsmith Program for many years with wonderful results. It’s a program which strenghthens the weaker muscles of the brain which is done by doing different cognitive exercises.
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