“A new school in Redmond might change the way we think about learning disabilities. Instead of teaching kids how to accommodate a difficulty, the school hopes to actually change the brains of students, eliminating the disability altogether.
Daily class work at the Eaton Arrowsmith Academy is like nothing you’ve seen before. Students rotate through exercises like tracing symbols and speed reading time on a clock. They are intense brain exercises, done 35 minutes at a time before rotating to the next task. They are meant to translate into better skills in traditional subjects. Many of the students have been diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia…
While the Redmond academy is the first in the U.S., the school is well established in Canada. It got the attention of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his wife Anu, as they looked for a program for their daughter. She started at the Vancouver branch of the school and has grown into a confident learner…The Nadella’s are such strong believers, they invested $100,000 in a research project at the University of British Columbia, studying the effects of the program.”