The founder of the Arrowsmith Program shares how she overcame severe learning disabilities by developing brain exercises to combat neurological challenges, discussing what her achievements reveal about the potential for shaping the human brain.
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her as slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backwards, was physically uncoordinated and she continually got lost. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to 'fix' her own brain, which we now now as neuroplasticity. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves Barbara's personal story with riveting case histories from over thirty years of working with both children and adults at what became the Arrowsmith School in Toronto. This remarkable book by a brilliant pioneer deepens our understanding of how the brain works. Our brains may shape us, but this book offers clear and hopeful evidence of the corollary: that we can shape our brains. Foreword by Norman Doidge, M. D., author of The Brain that Changes Itself
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to 'fix' her own brain. 'The woman who changed her brain' interweaves her personal tale with case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults.
The incredible story of a woman who struggled with severe learning disabilities, built herself a better brain, and started a program using the principles of neuroplasticity that has helped thousands of others. Includes a foreword by Norman Doidge. Updated edition includes a new chapter that examines the latest research demonstrating the positive impact of cognitive exercises on people's brains, and investigates the many ways that neuroplasticity and education are now converging. Also includes sixteen new case studies showing the real-life impacts of the Arrowsmith Program. Appendix includes an updated list of schools in Australia and New Zealand that have embraced the Arrowsmith Program.