Erase your child’s learning disabilities
at our Solana Beach Center!

TLC has a unique setting for the Arrowsmith Program.
As a cognitive training center, we are able to
implement the Arrowsmith Program with an in depth understanding
of each of the cognitive areas addressed.
(read more about why this is so important below)

The Arrowsmith Program - increase your child's ability to learn and retain information!

Why? We change lives every day, help many get OUT of special education, but there are still a few students that come in our door with more complex needs than we have been able to help in a timely manner… it just takes too long! It’s our belief that children don’t have much time. Time doesn’t move backwards and it doesn’t stand still while they get what they need and WANT – success in school like all of their peers.

What makes the TLC Arrowsmith Program Different?

Given that TLC is a comprehensive cognitive training center, our staff have an in-depth training in all of the cognitive areas that the Arrowsmith Program develops. In this way, we are able to identify when a student is “stuck” or has reached a “plateau” within the program. We use therapies in those cognitive areas to develop the underlying skills so that students are able to progress in the Arrowsmith Program with a greater efficiency with enhanced depth in the development of those cognitive skills.

Some parents have reported that they believe
that the TLC therapies work faster and with greater depth.

While we feel proud of their observations, we believe that having having a complete range of tools allows us to give each client the benefit of both!

By adding the Arrowsmith Program to our system of tools, we are now able to help an additional population of students. We are able to change the lives of students with even more complex challenges than we were before.

Child With Learning Disability in Arrowsmith ProgramWhat is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is the brain’s ability to change both its physical structure and its functional organization in response to training and experience – to grow dendrites (the branch-like structures on the cell body of the neuron which receive signals coming from other neurons), to form new neural connections, to strengthen existing connections, to grow new neurons, to increase neurotransmitters – all of which fundamentally change the brain’s capacity to learn and to function and this can happen throughout the lifespan.

How does the Arrowsmith Program utilize the principles of neuroplasticity?

The premise of the Arrowsmith Program is that the weaker cognitive areas that contribute to learning difficulties can be strengthened through cognitive exercises. Once the source of the learning difficulty is addressed, the learner’s ability to perform complex tasks will also be improved.

The research behind neuroplasticity, the Arrowsmith Program is a cognitive training program designed to build or strengthen cognitive skills needed for success in school and life. Barbara Arrowsmith developed the exercises when she herself had deficits identified that were impeding with her dreams for her life.

We invite you to view the introductory VIDEO from the Arrowsmith website. This fifteen-minute introduction provides an overview of the program and we hope it will answer many of your questions about what we do and the suitability of our program for your child or for yourself.

Teacher With Student in Arrowsmith Program at Therapeutic Literacy CenterLearning problems don’t have to be permanent!

TLC has been successful in providing cognitive therapies for all types of students with varying cognitive weaknesses. We like to say that we are SO SUCCESSFUL because we “skew our data” by choosing the “right” students that match what we have.

By adding the Arrowsmith to our list of tools, we are able to additionally serve those students that haven’t had a place that is able to meet their needs…. or just takes too long…. NOW we are able to also serve those students that have a complexity or combination of deficits that have traditionally taken longer to fix or correct. Who are these kids?

Drawing that depicts the differences between left brain and right brain functions

 The Typical Arrowsmith Student at TLC may be different than those of other Arrowsmith Programs:

  • is of average or above average intelligence
  • has a discrepancy between intelligence and performance despite hard work and effort
  • has a desire for change and is willing to do the work for a change!
  • has a combination of the learning dysfunctions that are described in the Descriptions of Learning Dysfunctions on our website and in our brochure does not have severe intellectual, cognitive, emotional or behavioral disorders that would significantly affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program.
  • does not have acquired brain injury (we serve those students with our TLC therapies before they are able to access the Arrowsmith Program)
  • is of elementary, secondary school age and ADULTS
  • Note: here at TLC, we have been effectively able to serve some students with autism spectrum disorder. While we will never claim to cure autism, our therapies have proven to enhance these students lives to a great degree.

Is my child a candidate for Arrowsmith?

Complete the cognitive profile questionnaire to identify which areas your child may benefit from:

How can I learn more?

See the Arrowsmith San Diego Website –

Download the Arrowsmith Trifold-Brochure to learn more,
and contact our Clinical Director for further information.

Explore the Arrowsmith Program website.

Watch the Arrowsmith Program featured on 60 Minutes Australia.

Watch Barbara Arrowsmith in her TedEx Presentation.