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Arrowsmith School Testimonials

View our testimonials below from participants that have attended or have had family attend Arrowsmith School.
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I’ve noticed a few changes since the start of the year. One of the nicest changes was that when my sister was home over the holidays, we hardly fought at all.

Adrian

One of the drawbacks I have faced in life is the “wall syndrome”; when you come to a wall, you stop and don’t get to the other side, at least for a long time or until adrenaline panic push somehow gets you over or through or around the wall.

Dare to Dream Student

We sent Melanie to Arrowsmith School against the advice of psycho-educational consultants.

Melanie
Dr. Greg Rose
Video Testimonial

He has had tremendous success at Arrowsmith.

Deidre
Video Testimonial

Academically, the difference has been remarkable. But most importantly, to see him embrace learning and to love school again has been the best thing. To see him recover that esteem and have a positive sense of self has been the best.

Madeline & Michael
Video Testimonial
Vicki

What I dream about is the competence to keep a job. To remember the instructions given to me for more than five minutes one needs a life to live and grow.

Dare to Dream Student

I used to mumble and leave out chunks when I talked. I now am more talkative and better at expressing myself.

Thomas
Video Testimonial

If you don't believe in neuroplasticity, you will after you experience this.

Mark
Video Testimonial

I'm able to understand things differently. I'm able to see my patterns and that's something that your therapist can't do for you.

Shannon
Video Testimonial

Join the Banks family as they share their homeschooling journey and the transformative impact of the Arrowsmith Program on their son's learning challenges. Discover how Arrowsmith provided a roadmap to understanding cognitive functions, emotional regulation, and academic growth, offering flexibility and socialization opportunities for homeschoolers. Watch now to uncover a holistic approach to enhancing learning!

Banks Family
Video Testimonial

As an education professional, I have seen many children struggle with learning difficulties that are hard to identify. That's where the Arrowsmith Program comes in.

Laura Delves

I only wish every child with dyslexia or learning disability would have access to this wonderful environment you have created.

Aidan
Dr. Norman Doidge
Video Testimonial

Explore the fascinating world of Arrowsmith training and its impact on cognitive development through an in-depth discussion by Dr. Greg Rose.

Dr. Greg Rose

We heard of the Cognitive Intensive Program through the Arrowsmith Program newsletter, and suddenly found ourselves planning a six-week trip to Toronto.

Francine’s Parents
Video Testimonial

I am extremely excited about what may be happening for Callie. I see so much more initiative and confidence, and those are the two skills that you need in life to do everything else. I also see really hopeful signs of increased critical thinking and an ability to process language more quickly.

Cognitive Intensive Program Families

I have seen a lot of improvements in my speech, over the past three years my vocabulary has broadened significantly.

Megan

He himself is in full agreement with this and says that one of the most valuable aspects of the program was the realization that he could overcome his learning disabilities.

Michael

In contrast to her previous inability to fully understand the meaning of written and spoken material and her difficulty with abstract thinking, she was able to achieve mostly A’s in her class work, including philosophy and history.

Arlene

To be honest, without Arrowsmith, high school would have felt impossible to do…

Marika
Video Testimonial

I'd like to tell the whole world about that, because I think what Barbara has created here is just amazing.

Rachel

After leaving Arrowsmith School we had our son re-assessed through the psych-ed testing.

Brian

One of the first things he noticed was increased energy and focus.

Andrea
Video Testimonial

“I now have insight into what was going on with myself.“

Ben
Video Testimonial

In this heartfelt testimonial, Jacob shares his personal journey and the transformative impact of the Arrowsmith Program on his life. Discover how he overcame social challenges, built confidence, and formed meaningful friendships. Jacob's story is a testament to the power of dedication and the incredible support within the Arrowsmith community. If you or someone you know is facing similar challenges, watch this video to find hope and inspiration.

Jacob

When I was about 11, I wanted to be a teacher, but then I remembered that my multiplication was terrible.

Dare to Dream Student

The Arrowsmith program made me dream again because now the things I can do are endless. I could be a CEO of a company or I can get a PHD in robotics because I can read and write and understand things I could not before.

Dare to Dream Student
Video Testimonial

It just made so much sense that rather than learning strategies, that they would be actually working on the weaknesses in the brain.

Chasper and his Mother

It was in my 18th year that things began to change for me. Looking back, I can only describe my life to that date as existence, struggling along trying to survive in what was for me a continuously confusing world.

Devorah

I cannot believe how much she changed in this past month!

Jenna

As I started out at Arrowsmith I had no clue what to expect. It was nerve wracking just thinking about it, yet exciting.

Meghan
Video Testimonial

Arrowsmith was able to address those learning challenges, support them, and the result is greater access to learning, reading, progressing.

Laura
Video Testimonial

A person's capacity can change. I feel like just in six weeks that I can see changes in me that I didn't even conceptualize as being possible, that I didn't even know I would benefit from having changed.

Shannon

What Arrowsmith has meant to us as a family.

Tom

I think that I have improved in many things from the time that I started this school. The most impressive thing is my ability to visualize a word in my head.

Eric

I see a difference already in her confidence, and her comprehension.

Katie

I want to update you on William’s progress since completing his program at Arrowsmith. William graduated from Grade 12 having made the Honour Roll for his final three years.

William’s Parent

Arrowsmith has been life changing. Before coming to Arrowsmith I had difficulty reading and I was a university student struggling to do my work..

John
Video Testimonial
Amy

My son, Jarek, has just completed his first year at Arrowsmith School and I write to express my immense gratitude for offering not just hope for children with learning disabilities academically, but the opportunity to prove to themselves they are invaluable members of their families, schools and communities.

Jarek’s Parent
Video Testimonial

Thank goodness there's Arrowsmith because I haven't found anything else similar. This is really changing lives for people who want their children to have every opportunity.

Rachel
Video Testimonial
Amy

I am writing this 2 Years after Arrowsmith School. I am naturally inquisitive and have always been intrigued by the learning process and the pursuit of knowledge.

Tanya
Video Testimonial

This has been a game changer in my life, and I cannot tell you how much suffering I have done without having this

Michael

I would also like to tell you about some of the incredible results we are seeing in the academic areas at home

Mary
Video Testimonial

Meet Alex, whose life took a remarkable turn after discovering the Arrowsmith Program in 2015. From an unexpected summer school experience to graduating in 2020, Alex shares a powerful story of personal growth and academic achievement. Join us as he reveals how the program helped him conquer challenges in reading, math, writing, and social interactions, ultimately giving him the confidence to pursue his dreams. Find inspiration in Alex's journey, and discover how Arrowsmith can make a difference in your life or the lives of your loved ones.

Alex

Before Arrowsmith I was having a hard time at school with comprehending what I was learning.

Emma

Now, after 2 years at Arrowsmith, I can win more arguments, understand my math by myself in many cases and I have more internal control over my thoughts, conscience, and understanding.

Kyle

When I brought Liam up to Toronto in July for the Intensive Summer Program, I thought that Liam would benefit from the program.

Liam’s Mother
Video Testimonial

I have an easier time expressing myself, and I've started taking my chances and feeling brave enough to tell some simple anecdotes and settings

Ona

Arrowsmith gave him back his life.

Jonathan
Video Testimonial
Rachel and Emma
Austin

I’ve been impressed by, and grateful for, the many benefits of the Arrowsmith program (and its wonderful teachers).

Rachel

I am so so happy that I am in Arrowsmith because it has really, really helped me tons! I can now do a lot of things that I was never able to do before.

Daniel

Things were rough and hard before Arrowsmith. I was just not good at school. I’d always get bad grades

Dare to Dream Student

I gained independence in my schoolwork, which is something I wouldn’t have had without Arrowsmith.

Dani

I’ve been impressed by, and grateful for, the many benefits of the Arrowsmith program (and its wonderful teachers).

Kelda’s Parent
Video Testimonial

“It's definitely helped me be able to process internal information and put it out there in a way that people seem to understand a lot better.“

Corelle

I've been meaning to write you for ages to give you an update on how Braden is integrating back into public school.

Braden

This program has had so many profound effects on my education and daily life.

Charlotte

I have seen improvements in Math. I have gone from the girl who would sit in the back of the class and after almost every sentence ask my teacher a question because I couldn’t do the work or understand it

Jenni

Every day I wake up and thank my lucky stars for Arrowsmith and how much it has changed my life around.

Robert

There seems to be a story here about cognitive efficiency

Dr. Rachel Webber
Video Testimonial
Jordon

This poem is a winner from a city-wide poetry competition, written about how this student was helped by Arrowsmith:

Abra

Once they were liberated from the cognitive deficits, they could go back and deal with other garden-variety psychotherapeutic issues and make progress at times much more quickly.

Dr. Norman Doidge, MD

It has been my pleasure to know the work of Arrowsmith in a professional capacity through sharing some of my patients who also require help with learning disabilities and cognitive difficulties.

Ricardo Pinto, M.D., D.Psych.,
Video Testimonial

Doing Arrowsmith is going to change a lot of things for me going forward. I feel so much more self-confident.

Shannon

After Arrowsmith, I’m not sure what I’ll do. I might be a paramedic, an accountant, or even a lawyer.

Chris
Video Testimonial

The truth is, is in that eight weeks, it was such a huge improvement and it was a really gave us hope.

Shannon

Thank you for offering such an innovative, progressive program which has brought Braden from the brink of despair to confidently showing the world his charismatic, fun-loving, affectionate personality. He has found his childhood, and it is a beautiful thing.

Braden

I am calmer and more patient, and I don’t become stressed with my workload.

Michael
Video Testimonial

Dr. Lara Boyd delves into the research study aimed at uncovering how the brains of children enrolled in the Arrowsmith program evolve through their intensive educational journey.

Dr. Lara Boyd

Join us in this powerful journey with Robert, who shares his incredible transformation after a year at Arrowsmith. In this heartfelt testimonial, he reflects on breaking free from the burdens that held him down, discovering the true meaning of freedom, and embracing a life filled with joy and comprehension.

Robert
Video Testimonial

She had lost her anger and the frustration that used to be the norm for her when it came to learning.

Community Stories
Dr. William Lancee

After 4 years, it is time for Andrew to leave the Arrowsmith Program.

Donna and Mike
Video Testimonial

I am extremely excited about what is happening for Calle. I see so much more initiative and confidence, those are the two skills you need in life.

Rachel
Video Testimonial

Myself and my mum got a little bit teary eyed because we couldn’t believe how well the program was working.

Jordon

I learned of the Arrowsmith Program from Norman Doidge’s book, “The Brain That Changes Itself.”

Alex

After only one year, she has already completely come out of her shell and is now doing things we did not ever thing would be possible.

Dare to Dream Parent
Video Testimonial

She's come here and suddenly she gets it!

Mark

I know that I wouldn't have been afforded the opportunity to be able to even attend college, had I not attended your program first.

Sean

The Arrowsmith Program has allowed me to dream big, and there are a couple of things that are my dreams like my career or my future school or getting better at every day stuff, like homework.The Arrowsmith Program has allowed me to dream big, and there are a couple of things that are my dreams like my career or my future school or getting better at every day stuff, like homework.

Matthew

I don’t want to be the same person anymore. I want to do remarkable things or be noticed for anything respectful or loving.

Dare to Dream Student

I’m finally free. I’m free of everything now. I’m free from all my problems and worries. I’m free from everything now.

Robert

I’ve seen a whole lot of changes from school, but by far, the biggest change I think I’ve noticed is something most people take for granted: confidence.

Kaled

I just want to touch base with you to let you know how well Taner is doing. He is really enjoying his high school, it seems to be a great fit for him.

Taner’s Parent

Arrowsmith has been a game-changer for our son, who in year 8 was struggling to stay in school, let alone thrive.

Nina & Andrew
Video Testimonial

I would recommend it because everybody can improve their brain and if you can improve your brain, that will help improve your life.

Faith

It has been over 3 years since I met you for the first time, with my son, Sam. At that time, I didn’t know where to turn for help for him.

Sam’s Parent

I dream on becoming a zoologist when I grow up. In order to become a zoologist I need a college degree, and before I came to Arrowsmith it felt so hard for me to make good grades in school where it felt impossible for me to get accepted into University and pass my final exams.

Dare to Dream Student
Video Testimonial

I can only say to parents who would be thinking of coming to a summer intensive as we've experienced - just do it.

Mark
Video Testimonial

It's profoundly affected me and shaped my life for the better. It's provided me, you know, the importance of resilience. Perseverance.

Colby
Video Testimonial

That has been a life-changing decision for us and for our daughter, and we've just been so, so amazed at all of the changes in her that were brought about because of the Arrowsmith Program.

Kathy
Video Testimonial

To see that amount of change in that short amount of time is just mind boggling; it's heartwarming. It's all of the things that you dream of.

Lara
Video Testimonial

It feels like the fog has lifted a little bit and that my brain's been sorted out.

Tam

2 years after Arrowsmith

Heather
Video Testimonial

I think that the that it's working, the program is working. It feels like the fog has lifted a little bit and that my brain's been sorted out.

Cognitive Intensive Program Families

I have to say I notice his logical reasoning has really improved.

Cody's Parent