Promoting healthy minds
The Arrowsmith Program is based on neuroscience research demonstrating that it is possible to address learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities.
The goal of the program is to help students strengthen of the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions and enable them to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life.
At Oakleigh Grammar we believe that all students can thrive, which is why we employ this world leading program that deals with the root causes of a learning difficulty, rather than managing its symptoms.
Students become effective learners without having to compensate for their learning difficulties. Their ability to perform complex tasks is improved when the weak cognitive areas are strengthened.
Oakleigh Grammar offers the program both school aged students in Years 3 to 10, where the students undertake four Arrowsmith periods per day and two periods of their choosing in the mainstream classes. Students return to a full academic program at their appropriate grade level without the need for further resource support or curriculum modification following the completion of a three or four year program.
Upon completion of the program some students may require one or two years to gain experience using their newly strengthened cognitive capacities and some students may need tutoring initially to bring academic skills to grade level.
An adult class is also offered at Oakleigh Grammar, which is available to adults aged 17 and over. Students can opt for either Full Time or Part Time courses.
The Full Time course consists of six sessions running for forty five minutes, covering six cognitive functions, plus two extra forty five minute sessions covering Motor Symbol Sequencing (MSS) homework and 10 minutes of Journal writing homework per day. As homework is conducted at school and supervised, these periods have been granted permission to be included in total class periods for MSS work, which means that they can move through MSS levels more quickly.
The Part Time course is three days per week and consists of nine sessions which run for forty five minutes and cover three cognitive functions. Each cognitive function is repeated three times per day to satisfy the Arrowsmith requirements over the space of a week.
Oakleigh Grammar is proud to offer such a life-changing program. If you believe you or your child may benefit from the program, please contact us.
The admission process for the Arrowsmith Program at Oakleigh Grammar has four stages:
Stage 1: Fill out an Admission Form
Stage 2: Interview granted
Stage 3: Cognitive Assessment conducted
Stage 4: Offer/Acceptance into Oakleigh Grammar’s Arrowsmith Program