Child brain training program moves closer

WA children with learning difficulties could be a step closer to getting access to the Arrowsmith program, which uses brain science to improve students' ability to learn.

The program first started in Canada 35 years ago and has spread across the world.

There are now eight schools in the Eastern States that offer it.

Sydney-based Arrowsmith representative Debbie Gilmore, who will give a talk to Perth parents next week, said she would also meet educators and schools that had shown interest in operating the program.

WA parents say there is a huge need for the program, which is based on neuroscience research into brain plasticity that shows it is possible for students to improve their learning by using specific brain exercises.

Founded by Canadian Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the program is designed for children of average intelligence who have difficulty with sequencing, understanding relationships between concepts or remembering words or symbols they have seen or heard.

It is not meant for students with severe intellectual disorders, autism or acquired brain injuries.

Ms Gilmore said the program was life-changing for many families, including her own. Her son Robert, 18, was now in his third year of the program.

Ms Gilmore's talk will be held at 7pm on Wednesday at John Septimus Roe Anglican School, Mirrabooka.