Having an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) isn’t always the answer for students who have learning challenges. Students with average to above average intelligence who have learning challenges and disabilities have a new resource in Solana Beach: The Arrowsmith Program. The Arrowsmith Program takes a cognitive approach to addressing a range of learning problems, with targeted exercises honed through many years of meticulous implementation, each designed with the goal of strengthening and enhancing the cognitive capacities which may be causing learning challenges and disabilities.

For children and youth with learning disabilities, school can be a frustrating and complicated experience. Academic performance is affected by any number of difficulties, and for some students, despite training, repetition, and even remedial interventions to address a lack of social and academic skills, failures are recurring.

For many students, however, the Arrowsmith Program can be the resource they need to correct the cause of their learning disability so that they no longer need the support services of special education or IEPs in school.

Brain Plasticity

Neuroscience research shows that a person’s brain has the ability to change with exercise. When challenged, one’s brain strengthens weaker neural pathways. The Arrowsmith Program does just that. It brings neuroscience research to the educational development of student learning. The Arrowsmith Program consists of specialized cognitive exercises that challenge targeted areas of the brain that contribute to learning difficulties and disabilities.

The Therapeutic Literacy Center in Solana Beach has been successfully correcting learning challenges and disabilities for Solana Beach for almost five years now (in Colorado before that). “It’s exciting,” says Maria Bagby, Owner and Executive Director, “While we have been able to serve many students with learning challenges, the addition of the Arrowsmith Program now enables us to solve the issues for students that have wider and more complex learning challenges and at deeper levels than ever before.”

Identifying Areas of Need

There is a free cognitive questionnaire online that parents can use to evaluate which cognitive areas may be blocking their child’s success or creating their learning disabilities.  It can be found at:  https://www.brainex.net/protoQuest/User.html

If a parent completes this questionnaire and would like help interpreting the report, Maria will be holding consultations and parent information meetings to help understand their child and learn what can be done at home and at school to help them succeed.

For more information about the Arrowsmith Program or to inquire about the application process, call the Therapeutic Literacy Center at 858-481-2200, email Maria Bagby directly at maria@arrowsmithsandiego.com, or visit www.arrowsmithsandiego.com.

Informational meetings will be held June 14, 21, 28, and July 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Therapeutic Literacy Center and dates TBD will be held at the Carmel Valley and Carlsbad Libraries.

Who is a suitable candidate for the Arrowsmith Program?

  1. Students with an IEP with identified learning disabilities such as Discalculia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, or memory or working memory deficits.
  2. Students who may not have been identified with a disability, but struggle with reading comprehension, math problem solving, putting their thoughts into writing, sticking to the central theme in conversations, have difficulty learning to spell, or memorizing math facts.
  3. Students with a desire to improve and succeed without accommodations, extra support, tutoring, and/or an IEP.