Arrowsmith has made a huge difference in our son’s life. Two and a half years ago when he started the program in grade 5 it was a challenge for him to be able to pick up a pen and get his thoughts down on paper even though he was capable of describing things in great detail verbally and is extremely bright. Now he is completing work in his regular class by hand instead of using a computer or having someone write for him. His letters are more legible and the amount he can write at one sitting isn’t even comparable. Before Arrowsmith I thought that the difficulty writing was partially a physical problem but now I realize how complex a process writing is and how far he’s come.
Prior to Arrowsmith I used to think that our son was being disobedient when I sent him upstairs to brush his teeth and get a sweatshirt. I didn’t understand how hard that was for him to keep in his head. Since Arrowsmith he’s become more responsible with his belongings and can remember multiple tasks at once. He’s even started sorting things and certain parts of his room have some organization which was never the case before.
More important than that though is the change in his relationship with his younger brother. Before Arrowsmith the interaction between my sons was often negative with a lot of fighting and not a lot of tolerance on my older son’s part. Now, the boys play together all the time and even band together against their parents. The positive change in his relationships and interactions is amazing and will serve him for the rest of his life. This year our son who used to avoid large groups and social situation has asked to go to summer camp on his own!
The program is a HUGE commitment and a lot of work and patient both on the part of the child and the parents but the difference between this and programs that help kids compensate is that the changes will be there with them for life long after we are not around to help them. It’s made a huge difference to our son’s self-confidence.
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