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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Glia Press (Nov. 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986749400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986749407
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amber on Nov. 26 2010
Format: Paperback
This book offers a look into an option for students with learning disabilities that is unlike any other. Rather than accommodating, or "working around," their learning disabilities (by getting extra help, extra time, and having scribes, etc.), which is what's done in most schools, these students are rewiring their brains so that they don't need that extra help. Accommodations can work while students are in school, but what happens after they graduate? The approach described in Brain School makes much more sense, and it's surprising to learn that what appears to be a cutting-edge program is actually more than 30 years old. Anyone who has learning difficulties, or knows someone with them, should read this book. The stories in it are inspirational!
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Not Enough HOW Oct. 13 2011
By Mary E. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While the personal stories of the author, Barbara Arrowsmith (who is the founder of the Arrowsmith method), and the children they helped are wonderful, I left the book with no good idea of how the program works. Perhaps the methods are proprietary? If so, they should sell educational software for wider distribution and implementation, and if the author only had one week of training himself with Barbara Arrowsmith's program, the educational entity could make a training video or program for teachers. With the exception of working with clock faces of increasing complexity, how these children improve is really missing for me. The author makes it clear that the work is repetitive and that it can be tedious, but I was looking for how the 19 exercises work and how each affects the brain. As it stands, the book offers inspiring stories of neuro-cognitive changes that reflect the benefits of working with neuro-plasticity (vs. standard training in remedial compensatory skills) without explaining how the brain was changed. Without enough HOW, the stories, albeit interesting, left little to remember for me. The chapters seemed to simply follow a template of descriptions: 1.neuro-educational problems and 2. before and after testing results. While good descriptions, these remain simply anecdotes that I experienced as underdeveloped. In addition to explanations of HOW the exercises were implemented, it would be interesting to have a neuroscientist co-author fill in the explanation of HOW the brains changed. Maybe in the next edition?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A glimmer of hope for many students and parents March 21 2011
By Kenneth J. Kohutek - Published on Amazon.com
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Eaton describes a "new" program --the Arrowsmith Program-- based on Luria's neurological ideas. While new to many, this program has been around for thirty years with its roots in Luria's writings going back even farther. It is unfortunate that the success stories and promise of these efforts are still considered new and not already implemented in schools throughout the Americas. One has to ask if our educational system is so rigid that it cannot see what is a much more effective manner of educating our children. The final chapter stresses that it must be the parents, a child's strongest advocate, who will make the difference in this archaic system.

There are three sections of the book: 1) The journey; 2) The stories, and; 3) The outlook. Part 1 describes the author's own struggle in the academic setting to attending graduate school at Boston University to running his own business/school. Also included in this section is a brief insight into the founder of the Arrowsmith Program, Barbara Arrowsmith Young.

Section 2 relates a number of success stories of students who went through the program and demonstrated dramatic success both on psycho-educational testing as well as in the academic/social areas of life. Within these eight chapters of case histories are sections of general information which could prove extremely useful to the informed reader --which ALL parents should be!

The third section provides a look at the future of those involved in education with neuroplasticity, cognitive training and the Arrowsmith Program. Finally, the Appendices share information about details of the program.

This book is readable for a number of audiences. It provides information to professionals in a number of education related fields about a program which is making progress in the field of neuroeducation. The case studies describe to prospective families the "type" of students who might benefit from the program.

A concern this reviewer has is that the nature and number of students interviewed for the program and not accepted is not discussed. Related is the proportion of students not completing the program. These topics would be extremely valuable for a family who is searching for and willing to grab onto any glimmer of hope for their child.

While I strongly believe that programs such as that described in this book is the way of the future, a warning to parents/students--make haste slowly and don't grab for this hope before you--the informed consumer, checks it out.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Educators Must Read This Book Dec 8 2010
By Peter Wicher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book details results which educators will say are impossible, which neuroscientists will argue are logical and reasonable, and which the students themselves write are life-changing. Eaton shows that learning disabilities are not life-long and can in fact be effectively remediated. His assertion is not based on one or two remarkable accidents but on five years and hundreds of students of experience. Anyone who is familiar with the Special Education process in North America will find Eaton's results and analysis exciting and refreshing. The terms "Progress" and "Success," which are treated as qualitative measures in traditional Special Education, have clear metrics in Eaton's school. The Arrowsmith Program could well be the solution for the overwhelming majority of learning-disabled students and do away with the need for much of the costly, cumbersome, and often innefective assistive technologies and compensation strategies which they are taught to rely upon.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
No Details on What the Arrowsmith Program is Jan. 5 2012
By Jeanette C. Kurnik - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a major disappointment! There's a lot of data presented that leads one to believe that the Arrowsmith program works, but there's no detail on what the Arrowsmith method is. I kept reading hoping to understand what intervention techniques were used, and there was NOTHING!!! What a waste of money!!! It was only an advertisement for the $27,000/year Eaton Arrowsmith school with absolutely no substance!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Revolutionary! Nov. 22 2010
By Amber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book offers a look into an option for students with learning disabilities that is unlike any other. Rather than accommodating, or "working around," their learning disabilities (by getting extra help, extra time, and having scribes, etc.), which is what's done in most schools, these students are rewiring their brains so that they don't need that extra help. Accommodations can work while students are in school, but what happens after they graduate? The approach described in Brain School makes much more sense, and it's surprising to learn that what appears to be a cutting-edge program is actually more than 30 years old. Anyone who has learning difficulties, or knows someone with them, should read this book. The stories in it are inspirational!
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