Many people face numerous challenges every day - because of learning difficulties. Below are some of the messages we have received from parents about their struggles.

Being a parent of a child with a learning disability is lonely and at night it prevents me from sleeping. A day doesn’t go by when I am not reminded of my daughters’ daily struggle with school and life. Literacy, mathematics and even telling the time are a mystery to her, this is despite having had weekly tutoring, speech therapy and countless other school supports. As each day goes by my daughter grows older and I wonder what her future will hold. As a parent, I worry if she will be able to emotionally maintain her self-worth and self-esteem, and if not what will become of her. I fear for her independence. If she can’t tell the time nor understand time how can she be independent… have a family, hold down a job, even maintain friendships. This isn’t the future I want for my daughter. The Arrowsmith program, however, offers her a brighter future and she looks forward to one day being able to attend an Adelaide Arrowsmith Program.


The Arrowsmith Program is based on the application of neuroscience research and the premise that it is possible to address a range of specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities. To visit the official website, click here. To determine if you or your child might be suitable for the Program, click here.

Founded by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the program has been helping children, youth, and adults with learning difficulties address their challenges and achieve academic success since 1978. It focuses on strengthening learning capacities, rather than teaching ways to compensate for specific learning difficulties. Specially trained and dedicated teachers have worked with thousands of students through individualised Arrowsmith programs.

The goal is to help students of all ages become effective, confident, and self-directed learners.

The genesis of the methodology lies in Barabara Arrowsmith-Young’s own journey to overcome severe learning disabilities. To learn more about “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain”, click here to visit her website.

The Arrowsmith Program is offered at educational organisations worldwide. Further information is available below:


Parents will sacrifice everything to give their children the best chance at life. And at the time of shooting the 60 Minutes  documentary below, 35 Australian families were in Canada for one last shot at helping their kids with learning difficulties, to read, write and add up.


Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the founder of the Arrowsmith program, presents this compelling TEDxToronto talk about the brain and its ability to change.


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