The Arrowsmith assessment provides an informative perspective of one’s learning experience. It measures 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 and identifies any learning difficulties, inconsistent performance, or social and emotional difficulties.
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 its 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 labels 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 a learning profile summaries the individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses by describing each function, its contribution to the learning process, and its rating enabling students to have a comprehensive understanding of their unique cognitive composition and how it impacts the learning experience.