Learning difficulty or learning difference?

why A 'LEARNING DIFFICULTY' may not be a disADVANTAGE.

There are many famous actors; musicians; sportsmen and sportswomen; scientists; inventors, authors and businesspeople who have dyslexia and they are exceptional in their respective fields.

Internationally around 10% of the population have dyslexia, the most commonly regarded learning difficulty. Compare this to the percentage of entrepreneurs with dyslexia,  35% in the US and 20% in the UK.

Dyslexics predominantly use their right frontal lobe, as opposed to their left temporal lobe which is associated with pictures and creativity instead of the left which is generally used for logical processing. With automation increasing influence the workplace, traditional approaches to team composition is changing.

Social-type competencies, such as initiative, creativity, and problem-solving, regarded as dyslexic strengths are becoming increasingly important to corporations. They recognise that their corporations will be stronger by having an individual who can think differently and ‘see the big picture.

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Dyslexics are already hard-wired for the future and will become increasingly valuable to a management team.

To read about this in more detail please download the reports by the International Accountants EY Ernst & Young Global Limited or watch Sir Richard Branson talk about why he regards dyslexia as one of the reasons for his success.

The Arrowsmith Program uses Neuroplasticity to help improve the brain’s ability to perform complex tasks and the capacity to learn.

how common are LEARNING DISABILITies OR LEARNING DIFFICULTies?

1 in 10

One in ten adults have dyslexia or another learning challenge

1 in 5

one in five Children and young people need extra support for their learning.

Have they ever complained that they just don't get it?
Is there something that just doesn't seem quite right?
Have they been in trouble for not finishing work or concentrating in class?
Have they ever said they feel dumb?
Do they say they hate going to school?
Have they said they worry about their future?
do they find it hard to make friends?
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PROBLEMS READING AND/OR WRITING
PROBLEMS WITH MATH
POOR MEMORY
PROBLEMS PAYING ATTENTION
Listening
Speaking
Reading and Writing
Maths
Reasoning
Attention
Memory
LANGUAGE
DECODING
TROUBLE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS
CLUMSINESS
TROUBLE TELLING TIME
PROBLEMS STAYING ORGANIZED
AUDITORY PROCESSING
VISUAL PROCESSING
MOTOR COORDINATION
MOTOR PLANNING
SPATIAL ORIENTATION
IMPULSE CONTROL
SEQUENCING
FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS

A typical profile of a student with a learning difficulty will show weakness and strength in different areas.

As a result, these pupils are often mis-diagnosed by teachers and they are often labelled as troublesome, disruptive, stubborn, irresponsible, or lazy.

They will often struggle to achieve in a mainstream class because of their deficit and without correctly addressing their learning issue first, they will seldom reach their full potential.

A LEARNING DIFFICULTY DOESn'T
NEED TO BE A LIFE SENTENCE ​

"Why compensate for a cognitive weakness
when you can strengthen your brain
and improve your life?"

Our evidence based programs will change your life

Traditional approaches to help with learning difficulties are usually ‘workarounds’ or compensatory such as recording a meeting or lecture to listen to later if you have a poor memory but this does not address the root cause of the problem. 

Instead, our approach changes the brain so that students no longer need to use a ‘workaround’ to achieve success.

Watch the interview with Barbara Arrowsmith-Young and John Campbell TVNZ

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Traditional thinking - The brain is fixed

Compensatory – Use tools and technology to reduce the impact of the learning difficulty.

Content/Skill Based – Task analysis, match the strengths of the learner to the method of teaching.

Strategy – Teach the learner rules or strategies to approach the material to accommodate their deficit

The learner is fixed so the individual must work around their learning difficulties and live with it.

The new reality - The brain can change

Capacity Based – Neuroplasticity is the ability to modify the brain through exercise. 

Whenever we learn a new task our brain forms a new neural pathway which strengthens the more we practice the task.

Arrowsmith uses targeted cognitive stimulation to improve the brain’s ability to learn.

DYSLEXIC student makes massive gains in months

Kim, a former head of learning support, has a good understanding of students with special learning needs. Hear her talk about how we transformed her daughter’s learning in months.

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How can I help my CHILD if they have A LEARNING CHALLENGE?

If your child is struggling or you feel that something is not quite right, please get in touch.

Most Parents say they have already tried extra tutoring or homework sessions but where this hasn’t worked, it puts their child under even more pressure, leaving them with even lower self-esteem and a feeling that they are a failure.

We understand how worried you will be about this and how anxious parents are about how best to help their children. With so many options, it’s confusing to know which option is best.

It is important for parents to realise that there is no such thing as ‘normal’ and every child will learn slightly differently. 

We speak with hundreds of parents with children who have a weakness in a specific cognitive area which is preventing them from learning,

We start with a 15-Minute call to understand your circumstances. Whilst we are usually able to help, there are some circumstances where a child may be unsuitable for our program. If this is the case,  we will try and help you with some other solutions. We do not charge for this call.

Once we have established that your child is likely to be suitable, we book a 45-Minute consultation so we can explain how we will help them learn, when they will feel the benefits and also try some cognitive exercises to make sure they are able to engage and are committed.

It is common for students and parents to arrive for this consultation worried about their child’s future but leave with a feeling of hope and peace of mind that their child now has a pathway to learn. 

If you would like to talk with us, please click below.

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