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October 2018 Newsletter
The time is now to enhance your brain health!  This is something that we think about for our children and students, and now we know is important for our whole lives.  Our team will be at the sold out screening of the film “Your Second 50: Rising Above Your Fears of Aging” to be part of a panel discussion on aging well.  This movement of retirees, parents, and young adults, who are looking to strengthen their ability to focus, learn, think clearly and quickly, and improve their interpersonal skills, is growing.  It’s been a pleasure to welcome so many adults this fall to the intense cognitive changes available to them here at Eaton Arrowsmith. 
 
While it’s never too late for any of us to improve brain health no matter how old we are, it’s also not too late in the school year to help your children and students make cognitive gains so they can succeed in school and relationships.  Our schools are already planning ahead for 2019 Summer Programs, and sometimes our schools can take on students part-way through the school year who are struggling in their current schools.  Call us with your questions!
 
Enjoy some Halloween candy (in moderation) and I hope that you enjoy what November brings.
 
Sincerely,
Sarah Cohen
Head of Schools
Eaton Arrowsmith

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Introducing Mrs. Lewis!
Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver and Magnussen School's New Principal
I am very pleased to be writing to you as the new principal at Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver and Magnussen School. I am also excited to have joined this amazing team of educators.  I look forward to spending time the students of our school by getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests and celebrating their successes, small and large.
Not only am I looking forward to working with our teachers and students, but I look forward to the work we shall do as a community of learners. My goal is to ensure that our students are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can.
I have had a wonderful first few weeks with our fabulous teaching team. As a faculty we have collectively decided that we shall earnestly focus on the mission of our schools and the values that guide and inspire us. Our collective goal as a school community we will work to build caring, understanding, empathic and connected classrooms.
Summer Cognitive Intensive Program Research
Exciting new research results are now available regarding Arrowsmith Program's Summer Cognitive Intensive Program in Toronto and changes in cognitive function! ‘Exploring the Relationship Between Improvement in an Intensive Learning Intervention and Changes in Resting-state Functional Connectivity’ was presented at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Brain Connectivity in Montreal, on September 27, 2018. Research has identified that there is a neurobiological basis for learning difficulties. Neuroscientists around the world have been studying the brain networks responsible for various behaviours such as reasoning, attention, memory and language processing.

In education, the approach to learning disabilities has been to find ways for the brain to compensate for these neurological difficulties. Recent research from Southern Illinois University, conducted by Audreyana C. Jagger-Rickels, M.A. and Gregory M. Rose, Ph.D. on the Arrowsmith Program’s Summer Cognitive Intensive Program highlights that brain networks responsible for reasoning, attention and memory can improve in connectivity through cognitive training; and thus compensation strategies – that are currently a focus in educational planning for those with learning disabilities – are not the only option. The implications of this research is significant for the field of Learning Disabilities.
"Wow - this is a first!"
Our Eaton Arrowsmith Adults students continue to inspire us with their recounts of the changes that they've experienced through their work with the Arrowsmith Program.  Check out Fraser's story as he reflects on the differences that not only he has noticed, but his family and employers as well!
In the spotlight: EA Redmond students like to move!
EA Redmond students are fortunate to have Jon Pendano of Pendano Fitness as their Physical Education teacher this year.  Here's an article he wrote on the development of the ability to move.

Why Do We Get Better At Moving?
Whether you are talking about athletes or the general population, the foundation of physical development should first center on the development of nervous system. When teaching youth to be great movers, introducing variety early in development, is key. Presenting movements that challenge balance, core strength, and reactive skills, in many different positions, is a must. Variety gives more information to the developing nervous system, allowing it to refine new connections. There are periods in development where it is essential to develop certain skills, otherwise, those skills become more difficult to develop.
 
As kids enter the world of academics and sports, around the ages of 5 to 9 years, the emphasis of training should be mostly focused on creating a fun environment for kids. Children are not little adults. Most young children at this age are not capable of coping with the physical and psychological demands of high-intensity training or even organized competitions. Kids in this age group tend to be more egocentric. Play is a necessity for this group, putting kids in situations to foster social interaction. Social interaction along with coordination development should be the primary focus for training at this time.
 
As kids mature (10 to 13 years of age), it is appropriate to moderately increase the intensity of training. Their bodies and capacities are rapidly developing, and their tolerance to lactic acid accumulation is gradually improving. It is important to understand the effects that growth spurts and puberty have on the outcome of athletic endeavors during this timeframe. In many instances, accompanied with a rapid growth spurt is a lack of coordination, which makes skill and motor development the major emphasis during this time.
 
Once kids reach the 14 to 18 year age group, the most significant changes in training occur. From an athletic perspective, those that have been participating in a program with emphasis on multi-skill and motor development, will now begin a program aimed at developing specific high performance skills in a single sport.
 
From a coach’s perspective, proper evaluation is the key. Nowadays, in many athletic training situations, much of the initial global development phases have been sacrificed for sport specific training. In many instances, coaches have traded in true athletic development for wins at the lowest levels, leaving many of our athletes underdeveloped and compromising their performance capabilities, even as they reach the highest levels in their sport. Identifying biological physical education age, meaning, where a child falls within their development in the various stages of physical education, despite their chronological age, is essential in coaching at any level. Factors such as posture, exposure, fitness programming, sports specialization, video games, and psychological stress from competition all impact performance outcomes and overall biological physical fitness age.
School Tours:
November 6th 1:00-3:00pm EA REDMOND
November 8th 6:30pm-8:00pm EA VANCOUVER/EA ADULTS/MAGNUSSEN

We are very proud of our students and the amazing, life changing work that they are doing each and every day. If you're interested in learning more about Eaton Arrowsmith School, Eaton Arrowsmith Adults and Magnussen School a school tour is a great place to start! Our tours are always interactive in nature - you'll have the opportunity to speak with our teachers and students AND try your hand at the Arrowsmith Program exercises! We've got upcoming tours at all of our locations.  Register here.  As always, we are happy to meet with you on an individual basis should you prefer!  Email admissions@eatonarrowsmith.com.
 
UBC's Educational Neuroscience and Healthy Child Development Cluster presents:
Well-being Is A Skill That Can Be Learned
An Evening Public Talk with Dr. Richard Davidson
Thursday November 15th, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Register here.
*this presentation will not be recorded
Brain Corner