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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: How I Left My Learning Disability Behind and Other Stories of Cognitive Transformation

Category: Book
By (author): Arrowsmith-Young, Barbara
Foreword By: Doidge, Norman
  PSYCHOLOGY / General
  SCIENCE / General
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: September 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in x 0.80in
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From The Publisher*Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to comprehend language, and was continually getting lost. But by relying on her formidable memory, 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 riveting case histories from more than thirty years of her work with both children and adults.

People with learning disorders have long been told that such difficulties are a lifelong condition. In clear and lucid writing, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain refutes that message, demonstrating with fascinating anecdotes that anyone with a learning disability can be radically transĀ­formed: Arrowsmith-Young is a living example. She founded the Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980 and then the Arrowsmith Program to train teachers to implement this effective methodology in schools all over North America.

This remarkable book by a brilliant pioneer deepens our understanding of how the brain works. Our brain shapes us, and this book offers clear and hopeful evidence of the corollary: that we can shape our brains.
Review Quote*"Remarkable"
Review Quote*"Enthralling"
Review Quote*"Arrowsmith-Young's poignant and uplifting book about her transformation from a child born with severe learning disabilities to a dynamic pioneer in cognitive education offers hope to anyone who has ever struggled with a learning disorder, brain trauma, ADD or stroke... an important book."
Review Quote*"This is a poignant book about two people who connected across continents and generations-a Canadian woman Moving, insightful and empowering!"
Review Quote*"If you have a son, a daughter, a parent, a spouse, or a brain, this is a must-read book. It will open your mind to new possibilities on how to deal with 'traffic jams in the brain.'"
Review Quote*"Hers was a struggle between despair and determination. Determination won."
Biographical NoteBarbara Arrowsmith-Youngis the director of the Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program. She holdsĀ a BA Sc. in child studies from the University of Guelph and a master's degree in school psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).