FAQ

HOW MUCH OF THE DAY WOULD MY CHILD SPEND DOING ARROWSMITH EXERCISES?

A student spends about half their day in an Arrowsmith classroom doing cognitive exercises. That equates to four 40-minute periods (160 minutes or 2h 40min) per day from Monday to Friday.

HOW LONG ARE STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM?

Typically, students are in the program between 3-4 years. More mild profiles can spend 1-2 years, more severe profiles may require 5 or more years.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT: TEACHER RATIO?

The Arrowsmith Classroom has a ratio of 10 students for 1 teacher. The students work independently with frequent teacher monitoring and feedback

IS THERE HOMEWORK ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAM?

Students in the Arrowsmith Program must complete an hour and 10 minutes of homework 6 nights a week. At the HTP Arrowsmith Program we offer 'Homework Club' to support the students and their families

WHAT MAKES A TYPICAL CANDIDATE?

The typical student enrolled in an Arrowsmith Program class: - Is of average or above average intelligence - Has a combination of the learning dysfunctions outlined in our literature - Does not have severe intellectual, cognitive, emotional or behavioural disorders that would significantly affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program - Does not have acquired brain injury or an autism spectrum disorder. These are guidelines only. There are many students who fall within these guidelines; others who may require further consideration and still others for whom we feel this program cannot provide meaningful benefit.

WHO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THE PROGRAM? HOW DO YOU DETERMINE SUITABILITY?

Individuals with the conditions listed below are beyond the scope of Arrowsmith Program. Arrowsmith Program would therefore not be recommended for these issues. Suitability is determined in consultation between the family and the school. Each school determines its own additional suitability and enrolment criteria. An Arrowsmith assessment does not determine suitability. Features beyond the scope of Arrowsmith Program: Acquired Brain Injury – We have worked with some individuals with acquired brain injury with some success. This difficulty is not unknowing the full scope of the injury – what brain tissue has been damaged and to what extent. Severe Intellectual or Cognitive Disorders (e.g. MID, Global Delay) – These individuals have difficulty accessing the program because they have decreased foundational neural connections within the grey matter, and therefore have limitations to the neuroplastic capabilities of their brains. Autism Spectrum Disorders – We have worked with students with autism that are high functioning (e.g Asperger’s) with some success as we can address the non-verbal piece and any underlying cognitive deficits. We cannot address the Autism or Asperger’s as it is not a cognitive weakness. Emotional or Behavioural Disorders – Some common examples include Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Aggression, Psychiatric disorders. These affect the student’s ability to actively engage in the exercises and will have a direct impact on their progress through the exercises. We suggest individuals with these types of disorders seek treatment for these issues before considering participation in the program.

HOW MUCH DOES THE ARROWSMITH PROGRAM COST?

ARROWSMITH CHARGES for 2019

HTP Arrowsmith Fee - $ 12,000 Canadian Arrowsmith Levy *- $ 4,500 (standard worldwide) (* Paid by the school in advance on your behalf)

ST CATHERINE’S - FEE & LEVY STRUCTURE  

Family Fee (per family) $1,750.00

Capital Levy (per family) $ 350.00  

Student Levy -payable for each student

Year 1 to Year 4  $520.00 Year 5 & 6 -  $870.00

TOTAL COST PER ANNUM Inclusive (based on 2019 St Catherine’s fee structure)

Year 1 to 4 - $19120.00

Year 5 & 6 - $19470.00

CAN ADULTS DO THE PROGRAM?

The Holy Trinity Parish Arrowsmith Program conducts a Part Time Program after school two nights a week and adults are able to apply for that Program. Please contact Michael Juliff on mjuliff@scmoorabbin.catholic.edu.au

WHAT IS THE COST OF AN ARROWSMITH ASSESSMENT?

Our Arrowsmith Trained Teachers conduct full Arrowsmith Cognitive Assessments. The assessment is the final stage of the enrolment process for all students entering the fulltime program. Students entering the part time program will also need the assessment conducted unless they are only enroling in the Cognitive Enhancement Program. We also conduct standalone Assessments for students to gain a better understanding of their cognitive profile. The assessment takes two full days with days and times dependent on the availability of the Arrowsmith teachers. The cost of the Assessment is $2,500.