Strengthen Your Brain. Be at Your Best.

The Arrowsmith Program increases the brain’s capacity to

Think Critically | Comprehend | Reason Mathematically | Focus

at school, at work and in life

Strengthening the Symbol Relations Cognitive Function
Enhances the Ability to:

  • process quickly 
  • comprehend 
  • reason mathematically 
  • focus
  • make connections
  • think logically 
  • see other points of view
  • debate

Want to perform better at school, work and in life? Start by strengthening your Symbol Relations cognitive function this summer.  

This summer you can improve your chances for success with the Arrowsmith Program’s renowned methods for improving reasoning, processing speed, attention and comprehension.  

Our Symbol Relations - Cognitive Intensive Program strengthens participants’ capacity to learn in school and engage meaningfully in life.  

Start your Arrowsmith journey this summer!

What is the Symbol Relations Cognitive Function?

Symbol Relations is a higher-order cognitive function that is responsible for understanding and connecting ideas.

It is involved in tasks that enable an individual to reason using logic and to connect and process complex relationships and concepts simultaneously. It is involved in comprehension across all academic subjects and in life.

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What are the Benefits? 

Strengthening the Symbol Relations cognitive function means a more powerful and positive capacity to understand, participate in and contribute to the world.

Evidence-Based Results

Research shows that participants engaging in the Arrowsmith Program experience:

Improved cognitive and academic performance


Increased independent and self-directed learning


Increased emotional and social well-being


Independence in activities and daily living


Increased rate of learning


A shift to a
growth mindset


Increased sense of
locus of control


Increase in attention, listening well, staying focused

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The fact that Arrowsmith trains the brain processors that make possible reasoning and rationality, is arguably one of the most important positive developments one could imagine for our world, with its complex problems.

Norman Doidge

Author of “The Brain That Changes Itself”, psychiatrist and researcher

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Increasing the functionality of the Symbol Relations cognitive function enables the individual to understand and make sense of themselves, of others and their world. These individuals experience an increased ability to learn and understand social and emotional behaviors that were once lost to them.

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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Founder and Director of the Arrowsmith Program, and author of “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain”

Hear from past Cognitive Intensive Program participants:


"I used to answer questions with questions…I learned that I am not really making those connections, not understanding where they are coming from and what they are trying to convey with them. Now I can make those connections and understand what is being asked of me."

Amy, University Student

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‘If you don’t believe in neuroplasticity, you will after you experience this."

Isabel's Dad, Parent

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“I am so grateful to Barbara that she brought this to the world.”

Calle's Mom, Parent

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“Children and adults with learning difficulties can get to a point with this program that the learning difficulties are not there anymore, and I would like to tell the whole world about it."

Anna's Mother, Parent

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"I would recommend CIP because everybody can improve their brain with it. And if you can improve your brain, that’ll help improve your life."

Faith, High School Student


Program Information

Program Fee
The full program fee is $6,000 Canadian Dollars
Who Should Participate?

Ages 8 to 90+

Kids, teens, post-secondary students, adults and seniors

Everyone can benefit from strengthening their capacity to understand, reason, and process information more quickly and accurately. 

Anyone experiencing learning difficulties or wanting to enhance their performance, should enroll this summer. 

Strengthen Your Brain. Be at Your Best.

Research Results

Studies show that the Arrowsmith Cognitive Intensive Program leads to functional changes in the brain as well as improved processing speed, memory, reasoning, focus, academic performance, emotional intelligence, and well-being.

What are the Benefits?
Strengthening Symbol Relations capacity means a more powerful and positive capacity to understand, participate in and contribute to the world.
Session Dates

In-Person or Online

Duration & Dates

In-Person (Toronto Campus)

6 weeks

July 2 to August 9


8 weeks

June 17 to August 9


8 weeks

June 24 to August 16


8 weeks

July 2 to August 23

New 2024 Combined Program Option


In-Person 3 weeks:

July 2 to July 19 or

July 22 to Aug 9


Online 4 weeks:

June 17 to July 12 or

July 2 to July 26 or

July 29 to Aug 23


Combined With:

Independent Check-In: 4 hours/week/4 months


In-Person or Online Classroom

40 mins. daily

Mon -Fri

Sept 9 to Dec 19



9 am to 3 pm Eastern Time


Senior (Age 15+)  

8:45 am to 2 pm Eastern Time

Junior (Ages 8-14) 

Morning Session– 8:45 am to 12 pm Eastern Time

Afternoon Session – 12:45 pm to 4 pm Eastern Time

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Download Our CIP Package

Learn more in detail about Arrowsmith School's Cognitive Intensive Program (CIP).

Register for our Information Sessions

In these sessions you will learn how strengthening the Symbol Relations Cognitive Function:

  • Benefits learning and life
  • Assists in overcoming learning challenges
  • Enhances the capacity to perform at school or in the workplace
  • Develops the ability to comprehend and make connections 
  • Increases your ability to take control of your own life and be more reflective in challenging situations
  • Improves capacity to understand, reason, and process information more quickly and accurately
  • Is effective in both online and in-person classrooms


Next Steps

Book a consultation with our admissions officer or attend an online information hall session.