The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation 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 c

  • Title: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation
  • Author: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
  • ISBN: 9781927401293
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 formidable memory and iron wiBarbara 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 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 The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her than thirty years of working with both children and adults.Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains from the cells themselves to the connections between cells The capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith Young has been putting it into practice for decades With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above normal levels She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits Starting in the late 1970s, she has continued to expand and refine these exercises, which have benefited thousands of individuals Barbara founded Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980 and then the Arrowsmith Program to train teachers and to implement this highly effective methodology in schools all over North America Her work is revealed as one of the first examples of neuroplasticity s extensive and practical application The idea that self improvement can happen in the brain has now caught fire.The Woman Who Changed Her Brain powerfully and poignantly illustrates how the lives of children and adults struggling with learning disorders can be dramatically transformed This remarkable book by a brilliant pathbreaker deepens our understanding of how the brain works and of the brain s profound impact on how we participate in the world Our brains shape us, but this book offers clear and hopeful evidence of the corollary we can shape our brains.

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    1. Never have I read a book that makes me both so hopeful and so sad. The author describes her experience as an individual with severe learning/cognitive disabilities and how she was able to not only overcome them, but actually retrain her brain to free herself. She then applied these exercises to others and developed additional ones to focus on other cognitive deficits. The basic premise is that these cognitive deficits are what is preventing children with a variety of learning disabilities and di [...]

    2. This book should be read by *ALL* teachers! And anyone with an interest in learning disabilities. It is biography of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, a brilliant Ontario girl with severe learning disabilities who through sheer dogged persistence acquires a university education and in the process comes across what appears to be the key to "learning problems" -- using the brain's natural "neural plasticity". The traditional way to remediate learning disabilities is to find ways of coping with them, worki [...]

    3. I read this book in a week and found it absolutely fascinating along with identifying 3 learning disabilities that I have but have grown into adulthood just thinking I was stupid because I couldn't do some things that came so easily to other people. I realized right away that she might be promoting her school but this kind of teaching and learning needs all the promotion it can get. I have told numerous people about the concepts discussed in this book and if I had Bill Gates' money I would make [...]

    4. I really wanted to like this book but I found it very frustrating. It's partly Barbara Arrowsmith's biography, partly 'brain science' but mostly it's an extended advert for her program, which I'd be okay with if she gave anything more than a hint of what the program is about. Instead it's a series of case studies which invariably end with how the person's life was dramatically improved after the program - which gets a little boring after a while, a bit like watching an extended infomercial for a [...]

    5. There is a lot to recommend about this book. In particular, the idea that you can change your brain. All to often, clients worry that they can't change or their partners can't change. This book and the idea of brain plasticity ends that fear for once and for all. The other plus is that Barbara's story is really inspiring. However and it's a big however. She gives little or no insight into how she changed her own brain and nothing away about the programme that she puts other people through. It me [...]

    6. The concept behind this book is really amazing. I loved how it highlighted the changing understanding of the brain. The first third of the book was really fascinating. the stories got to be a little tedious because they were all formatted the same and there were a lot of them. I was interested in finding out more about their techniques of brain change but some chapters didn't even address technique. I was looking more for information and sometime felt like I was being sold a ticket to Arrowsmith [...]

    7. I thought this was a blatant advertisement for the school run by the author - full of case studies which were very repetitive, and with no real information on what the patients actually did to improve their situation.

    8. I'm still a little bit sceptical, but intrigued enough that I am looking further into her program. The book sounds too much like an extended brochure on her program, but then it's been her life's work. It's quite likely that because I am not the target market that I am unable to appreciate this as much, finding some parts repetitive. Nevertheless, a fascinating read and quite the insight into the lives of those that are learning disabled.Update [2013-Feb-16]: Now that I've started reading quite [...]

    9. As a teacher of children with disabilities, I have always been interested in brain functioning. This nonfiction book was encouraging, as it spoke of re-training the brain and forcing neurons to fire and wire together, bringing dramatic improvements to people's quality of life. It makes me want to visit an Arrowsmith school!

    10. Reading The Woman Who Changed Her Brain is likely to boost your compassion and empathy for other people immediately. It will remind you of the things you take for granted, and also that you fall within a vast and diverse continuum of human experience.While the controversy still rages around peer review of the Arrowsmith program, it's hard not to be incredibly moved by the case studies and personal testimonies in The Woman Who Changed Her Brain like this one on page 75:"I used to feel I was livin [...]

    11. This is a fascinating book that I think every parent and teacher should read. I was introduced to Barbara Arrosmith-Young in Dr. Norman Doidge's 2007 book "The Brain That Changes Itself" and found it impressive that despite having learning disabilities she managed to not only diagnose her cognitive problems by reading A.R. Luria's books, but she also designed cognitive training exercises that ultimately allowed her to overcome her learning disabilities. This formed the basis of the work she now [...]

    12. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young suffered from multiple learning disabilities as a child. She was told to compensate for these deficiencies by relying on her strengths. Determined to overcome them, she began studying psychology and the brain, eventually discovering in the works of Aleksandr Luria a clue to her own condition. Additional research suggested to her that brains are not static, as was once believed. They can be altered. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change itself. Barbara beg [...]

    13. Extremely interesting about the brain. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young gets very detailed about the brain but then she changed her own brain and has a school in Toronto to help others so she knows the latest findings and information. She has so many interesting case histories and personal stories which help soften the hard scientific parts. It is such interesting information and what it all boils down to is that we are all the same, some just have higher or lower functioning areas of the brain. It isn' [...]

    14. This book was very hard for me to rate. On the one hand, I believe that it should be required reading for all educators as well as parents who suspect that their child may have a learning disability of any kind. On the other hand - as the parent of children with learning disabilities - I found the vague and cursory handling of the treatment exercises very frustrating. I understand that the book is not meant to be a treatment manual, but after hearing success story after success story, one gets o [...]

    15. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is obviously a fascinating woman who is dedicated to her work helping children and adults with learning disabilities. This book is an amazing introduction to pioneering techniques of training people to overcome their brain issues. While the book was insightful, I strongly feel that that Arrowsmith-Young was providing a strong sell of her specific methods rather than providing a balanced view. Individual people are featured throughout the book but she provides mostly befo [...]

    16. Wow. This book was on a bedside table of somewhere I was staying and I went out and bought a copy that day so I would be able to read the rest of it. Stories of people with amazing disabilities and how an ingenuous teacher developed exercises to help them train themselves out of it. It didn't feel like non-fiction to me, I stayed up till 2am reading. And each chapter reminded me of myself, my spouse, or a close friend! We are all flawed in some aspect I guess, but most of us manage to compensate [...]

    17. Because I identify with the Arrowsmith's story, I came to appreciate how my brain (and every one's) is so different and unique. For example, I now have a deeper appreciation for my love of music, having seen a documentary showing how some may not 'hear' anything at all (a condition known as amusia)Even our "personality" and eccentricities may have roots in brain structure.And, of course, her story shows how careful self observation and strong intention can change who we are in terms of actual br [...]

    18. 2.5 stars if I could , as I don't think it is particularly well written. I read this book for educational purposes e author has founded a school in Canada ( The Arrowsmith School ) where the program is reportedly achieving amazing result. The whole subject of neuroplasticity and 'retraining ' the brain is fascinating.

    19. If you have a child with learning differences, you're suddenly plunged into a confusing world. Your child is given IQ tests, but all of a sudden the subtests -- with names like "word attack" and "visual memory" matter. Some LD children are at 90th %tile for some cognitive skills -- and 10th %tile in others.It turns out that cognitive challenges very rarely fit neatly into the categories we're told about. Dyslexia, for example, can be just one cognitive challenge, or it can be about 10. Your chil [...]

    20. I was motivated to read this book because of Norman Doidge's "The Brain that Changes Itself". I was expecting to read and find out information that Doidge and Richard Restak had acquainted me with in their works; instead, "The Woman Who Changed Her Brain" read more like some canvassing literature that promotes her Arrowsmith Programme. Besides telling readers about how some people had benefitted from her efforts, school and programme, she could have shared with her readers how they could benefit [...]

    21. Interesting and important read for all parents and teachers who have a child who too often somehow doesn't seem to "get it". It may not be poor attitude or lack of effort, but a learning difficulty of some kind, undiagnosed. It took me a long time to read because there's so much information to unpack, and also the writing style was not really engaging But definitely worth persevering with. I do wish more information was given on the actual Arrowsmith method. But it is a commercial concern after [...]

    22. A phenomenal book and life story. Barbara Arrowsmith Young's work is on the leading edge of brain plasticity and altering the trajectory of dim futures to bright, individuals reaching full potential instead. If you feel you or anyone you know has any flicker of a learning disability or a learning challenge of any type, read this book, visit the school, watch her interviews. We could all benefit from the customized exercises Arrowsmith offers her students for more than 30 years. Groundbreaking, f [...]

    23. The title is accurate, as these are inspiring stories. It gives me more insight into some of the odd ways my brain works.I wish she had included more information about the methods for diagnosing specific problems and the exercises she developed to treat them. I suspect she was being careful, as people might use this as a self-help book to diagnose and treat themselves, which they could benefit from professional help. Although that is what she did in her own life, with great success.

    24. I received this book to review.I was really excited to read this book, as I liked the idea.I didn't finish the book (the printed edition - the printing of words was tiny; which also made the book more difficult to read without glasses)Found out a little about herself then she would say about a student's having difficulties then after doing "the" exercises they accomplished amazing results.There was no explanation of exercises but has made me more aware.

    25. Really interesting and thought-provoking, although the anecdotal format provided a limited understanding of the context around the author's methods (i.e. no addressing failures, discussion of where the method doesn't work and why). Definitely inspired me to read more in the area of neuroplasticity applied to education; the author's journey is so impressive and the stories told are very moving.

    26. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain A truly interesting story and program that I had never heard of. It makes me wish this kind of testing and solutions were more prolific.This is the kind of title that really catches my attention, especially in non-fiction. I'm a huge fan of non-fiction. The whole concept of the Arrowsmith school amazes me. This book not only does a great job of recounting the life of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, in her own words, but also many of the categories of deficits that peop [...]

    27. Fascinating, insightful, personal and illuminating. A fantastic book on the brain, learning and disabilities - and the redeeming power of the author's determination and spirit to transform our understanding of the brain.

    28. I thought that their will be information or tips to how can we overcome some deficits.It’s good because it contains a lot of valuable information here What I don’t like about it: is that it commercializes Arrow-Smith School !

    29. Very frustrating and disappointing. Too many case studies without any details of the actual techniques used to produce the change. Very infomercial like. Regret buying this book.

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