“For the first time, I understand why I do what I do.”

The Arrowsmith assessment provides an informative perspective of one’s learning experience. The purpose of the assessment is to measure the underlying cognitive capacities that are responsible for learning, and to create an individualized report which identifies one’s unique and specific combination of strengths and weaknesses. For many, an Arrowsmith report is the first time an individual or family comes to understand the underlying causes of one’s learning disability, inconsistent performance, or social and emotional difficulties.

The Arrowsmith Program Assessment Difference

Based on foundational neuroscientific research, the Arrowsmith Program recognizes learning as the result of the complex interactions of brain networks. These networks are comprised of distributed regions of the brain and each performs their own unique job, what Arrowsmith calls cognitive functions. Everything we do, from reading to solving a math problem, from navigating a new social situation to remembering our responsibilities in the workplace, requires these cognitive functions to be working together. If one or more of these functions are weak, learning becomes difficult.

A traditional assessment usually seeks to diagnose a learning disability such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, poor executive function, attention problems or auditory processing disorder. The Arrowsmith assessment goes beyond such diagnoses and determines which discrete cognitive functions are weak and therefore leading to these diagnoses. Each function is measured on a 12-point rating scale, which indicates the degree to which a function is operating, and therefore the degree to which it is capable of contributing to a given learning task.

Upon completion of the assessment, an individualized report is created. This learning profile summaries the individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses by describing each function, its contribution to the learning process, and its rating. It offers a comprehensive understanding of one’s unique cognitive composition and how it impacts the learning experience. A post-assessment meeting is arranged and with staff guidance, individuals or a family comes to understand the learning profile and how it relates to an individual’s learning experience. The learning profile also includes recommendations, including programs offered At the CEC that lead to measurable changes in the individual’s capacity to learn.

The Arrowsmith Program Assessment is not a traditional psychological or educational assessment and cannot be used to obtain mainstream school accommodations, curriculum modifications or compensations that a conventional assessment might. Instead, it classifies the nature of one’s strengths and difficulties across a continuum of ability, and recommends individualized programming to address the learning disability, not compensate for it.

Assessments at the CEC

The assessment process is approximately 1-2 days, depending on the age of the student. This is the first step to transforming one’s ability to learn with greater ease and independence. For further information and scheduling please contact:

“Suddenly an array of behaviors and challenges had an explanation. The Arrowsmith assessment turned on the lights for us. It also led to a great deal more empathy, understanding and compassion for our son.”



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