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    DescriptionThe woman who built herself a better brain! Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is a pioneer; a bold and ingenious woman, deeply empathic and utterly determined. "Rarely is the person who makes a discovery the one with the defect. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is an exception" - Dr. Norman Doidge bestselling 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 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 more 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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    The Woman Who Changed Her Brain
    and Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 396 g
    ISBN 13: 9780732292393
    ISBN 10: 0732292395

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KB
    BIC subject category V2: VFJD, MJN, VFD, BGTA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6A
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, MED056000, HEA018000, HEA000000
    DC23: 362.3092
    HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New South Wales
    Author Information
    Barbara Arrowsmith Young holds a Master's degree in School Psychology. She worked as the Head Teacher in the lab preschool at the University of Guelph. In 1980, she established the Arrowsmith Program. She has over 30 years of experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities.