A.R.R.O.W., an acronym for (Aural, Read, Respond, Oral, Write) is a program developed by Dr Colin Lane in the UK based on learning through self voice techniques, whilst undertaking various programs covering reading, spelling, dictation, speech and listening skills, which produce significant results in children and adults who have learning difficulties across the spectrum as well as those who do not. Dr Lane’s research has spanned almost 30 years when he first developed the multi-sensory approach. His higher degree covered research with children in special schools for those with learning difficulties and his PhD was based on research into the self-voice under the auspices of Exeter and Birmingham Universities. As a method of improving both reading and spelling this method has been used in Literacy Summer Schools,mainstream and special schools for a range of abilities across the UK.
A.R.R.O.W. has been known to alter neural processes of students, particularly with references to internalising skills. The self reinforcing response of students undertaking A.R.R.O.W. promotes motivation and interest with resulting increases in attention and self esteem. Since 2004 A.R.R.O.W. has been available in Trinidad and Tobago with its office based in Port-of-Spain the only registered and accredited A.R.R.O.W. centre in the region.