The program works by identifying and strengthening areas of cognitive (brain processing) weakness that affect learning. It deals with the root causes of learning disabilities, supporting students to learn more easily and efficiently. It doesn’t teach content, but increases the capacity of students to learn so they can absorb, retain, process and use the content. This approach allows learners to proceed through their academic or vocational careers with strengthened cognitive functioning and to succeed where before they struggled and often failed.
Arrowsmith students undertake intensive periods of specific brain exercises each day following an assessment of their particular learning disability profile. After three years at Seven Oaks, most students have made significant improvements that they would previously not thought possible.
Students undertake four 40-minute sessions of intensive brain-changing work in the morning in addition to a maths, reading or writing lesson. Their afternoons are spent with Seven Oaks students experiencing a wide range of activities – including sport, term options, gardening, crafts and socio-literacy. Arrowsmith students participate in whole-school activities such as outings, productions and camps. The richness of these afternoon programmes and the natural inclusion of Arrowsmith students in the wider Seven Oaks community adds a powerful healing element to students’ self-esteem.
Seven Oaks accepts students in Arrowsmith from age 9. Although Seven Oaks does not currently have a secondary school programme, a range of options make it possible for us to accept Year 9-15 students. Please contact us to discuss how it might work for you. Adult students are accepted into the program on a full-time (four or five 40-minute sessions per day) or part-time basis as places become available.
Our Arrowsmith adult program accepts new students on either a full-time (four or five 40-minute sessions per day) or part-time basis as places become available. Please enquire for more details.Enquire now
To find out whether the Arrowsmith Program could help you or your child, either complete the simple Checklist, or The Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Profile Questionnaire, which is a comprehensive tool, which will provide you with a report outlining the cognitive functions that are strengths or difficulties.
The MSS At Home Program is a part time, at-home programme designed for working adults and for students enrolled at other schools. It specifically targets people with dyslexia, dysgraphia and speech difficulties.
This programme addresses the area in the brain that is responsible for the motor planning necessary for efficient and automatic writing. It typically increases reading speed, improves handwriting, reduces careless errors in written work, increases the capacity for hand eye coordination, and improves fluency in speech.
After an initial assessment at Seven Oaks, the student engages in a specified number of hours per week of the programme at home and attends a fortnightly check-in at Seven Oaks for ongoing monitoring and feedback. Contact us to find out more.
Michele is passionate about helping children with learning difficulties. Before joining Seven Oaks, she spent her time supporting her own child with learning difficulties at home and school, and was a volunteer teacher aide. She loves creating memories with her husband and three sons exploring beautiful parts of New Zealand and places overseas including some of America’s great National Parks. She loves being creative with her hands, and sharing good food with friends.