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.

  • 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