Darling Downs Christian School (DDCS) will be one of the first school’s in Australia to provide a ground-breaking program for students with learning disabilities.
We have been working hard to bring this program to our school, so we are really looking forward to seeing it become a reality this year.
The Arrowsmith Program, which will begin operating at the Toowoomba school in term two this year, has helped thousands of children diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and dysgraphia to achieve academic and professional success.
Program founder Canadian psychologist Barbara Arrowsmith-Young visited DDCS and announced the launch of the program late last year.
Mrs Arrowsmith-Young is an internationally recognised pioneer of neuroplasticity—the idea that the brain is mouldable rather than fixed—who featured in the New York Times bestseller The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.
Suffering from a learning disability herself, years of research led her to develop the Arrowsmith Program which demonstrated that it was possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities that affect learning.
The program has quickly grown in popularity as both parents and teachers see amazing results in students with previously debilitating learning difficulties.
“We have been working hard to bring this program to our school, so we are really looking forward to seeing it become a reality this year,” said DDCS principal Adrian Fitzpatrick.
“Many Australian families have previously had to travel to Canada to access this program, so it’s very exciting to offer it at DDCS.”
Mr Fitzpatrick said two teachers were currently receiving specialist training in Canada, but would return to open the program in April.
Mrs Arrowsmith-Young said she was thrilled to be in Toowoomba.
“We are really excited that the program will have such a wonderful home,” Mrs Arrowsmith-Young said.
“We take great care in choosing a school that fits our education philosophy and DDCS offers the supportive, nurturing environment we want for our students.”
Anyone interested in enrolling should contact the school directly on (07) 4659 1111. For more information on the Arrowsmith Program, visit <www.arrowsmithschool.org/arrowsmithprogram>.