Our Program

At the Watson Centre for Brain Health (WCBH) we use a combination of the world-renowned Arrowsmith Program, mindfulness, and meditation to help our clients increase brain function. The Arrowsmith Program was originally developed by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young in 1980 to help people with severe learning disabilities. Arrowsmith-Young created a series of exercises that helped her address her own brain deficits after discovering research while at graduate school. The Arrowsmith Program and its specific exercises have been used for more than 35 years.

Through our own research study, the Watson Centre for Brain Health has found that the Arrowsmith Program and its exercises help people who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), acquired brain injuries or concussions.

Working with our experts, clients are carefully assessed to identify areas of strength and weakness to create individual learning profiles. This assessment helps our team develop programs of individualized exercises for each person to target their precise areas of weakness.

For additional information on Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, please visit her biography page or consult her book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.

The Watson Centre for Brain Health is connected to Eaton Arrowsmith, which offers three different types of schools for every age and learning need, with a specialty in learning difficulties. For more specific information about our program, visit Our Clients page.

 

 

Our Partners


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Watson Centre for Brain Health participants will be using MIO as part of our ongoing research with UBC. This “wearable tech” known as, Personal Activity Intelligence, helps track the participants activity.
Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) is a scientifically validated activity metric that turns your heart rate data into a simple, accurate, meaningful PAI score showing you how much activity you need to live a healthier, longer life. PAI will allow the Watson Centre for Brain Health to prescribe the appropriate amount of exercise to monitor its positive influence on cognitive rehabilitation.


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WCBH is a proud supporter of Kid Sport Delta. Learn more about them here.

  • Most of the conversation today around brain injury seems to be focused on who or what caused it.  This is due in part because many in the  medical field embraced the assumption that the brain is the only organ in the body that could not heal itself.  The Watson Center for Brain Health, has moved beyond that conversation and challenged the assumption by providing a path to healing and in turn, hope for individuals who suffer from brain injuries.

    Jim McTaggart
    NHL Alumni, Hockey Executive
  • WCBH has helped me to recover from my MVA TBI / concussion. I had to admit “disability and injury” as I could not function any longer with the Competitive Edge that I had come to rely on within myself and my career! I recommend the full-time program. The time I put in will pay dividends towards my future…Admit and come to accept your injury and great things await with perseverance and resilience. The Watson Center and support persons are patient. Please consider your mental and emotional well-being for yourself and your loved ones, let alone your future financial ability to earn. I have recovered crucial working life – executive functioning abilities.

    Cassandra, PhD
    Current Watson Brain Centre Participant
  • My brain injury was 30 years ago and since my injury my thinking has been cloudy and slow and since being in this program for the past 6 months my thinking is clearer and faster…participating in this program is better than winning the lottery. 

    Janice
    Former Watson Brain Centre Participant
  • I’m now naturally able to wake up at a reasonable time and have less of a need for napping. Better functioning in my days/life. I have improved socially for a few months now. 

    Eric
    Former Watson Brain Centre Participant
  • Their focus is on restoring function in TBI victims so that they can once again enjoy life to the greatest extent possible. I highly recommend and endorse the Watson Center for Brain Health for this purpose, and if they were closer to where I am in Seattle, I would send all my clients to them to get their lives back.

    Scott Blair
    Personal injury lawyer
  • I am a 49 year old, 11 year NHL veteran and my career was cut short due to multiple concussions.  Since then I have been looking for a program(s) that might help me with my day to day mental struggles.  A few months ago happened to sit in on a few of the Watson / Arrowsmith seminars and am now excited to be able to take part in this groundbreaking approach for potential cognitive healing and a better way of life.

    Jamie Huscroft
    Retired Canadian hockey defenceman
  • WCBH is implementing a unique multidisciplinary and holistic approach in treating the effects of traumatic brain injury. This comprehensive program has the potential to present real opportunity for individuals affected by TBI to become whole again.

    Dr. Mike Dowling, DC, CCSP
    Chiropractic Sports Physician
  • I was fortunate enough to live a dream and play in the NFL for 14 years. While I don’t feel any negative cognitive effects at 46 years old, I know that the possibility is always there. Whether it is me or any of my former teammates that might benefit from the work of the Watson Center, I am glad they are there and care enough to do the work they are doing.

    Robbie Tobeck
    Former American Football Centre
  • As a 48-year-old 10 year NFL veteran, I am beginning to notice subtle changes in my own cognitive abilities. Misplacing my keys, fumbling over words, and forgetting names are becoming commonplace in my everyday life. I have long believed I would benefit from a Watson Centre/Arrowsmith-type program that was customized to address the specific needs of an NFL Player.

    Don Davey
    Former American Football Player
  • Mark Watson and the Watson Centre for Brain Health are taking on the root cause of TBI symptoms head on. As someone who played almost a decade of contact sport – I have yet to see a program that approaches the treatment with as much holistic innovation.

    Shea Emry
    Retired CFL’s Nastiest Player, Men’s Health Advocate