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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607932
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laureen Andreacchi on April 27 2013
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I find this book a bit disappointing as I thought there would be valuable information about the brain. Instead I find it only provides advertisement for the program by Barbara Arrowsmith,.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron 4310 on April 6 2013
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It's just a bunch of stories and nothing to tell you how she changed her brain or how anyone could change theirs. Waste of money. Went into the recycle bin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric M on Jan. 19 2013
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Any person or family that struggles with learning disabilities (LDs), whether it’s yourself, your child, or an adult loved one, should read this book (or get the CD version, which I did). The Woman Who Changed Her Brain tells the true story of the development of the Arrowsmith program. The program has evolved into a suite of 19 cognitive exercises (each with its own test) devised by Arrowsmith-Young, which have been refined and improved over three decades. Based on over 2 years of experience with our child in the program, I can say the book does not exaggerate: it is truly an effective, scientifically-sound, and life-changing program. The book also compassionately yet bluntly describes the very real impacts that LDs have on people in the form of false labels (like “lazy” or "oppositional"), social disconnections (often being ostracized), low self-esteem, the “terror” of classroom experiences, poor employment, and worse. Those impacts are basically the cost of doing nothing about LDs. Fortunately, as described in this book, there is something that can be done about LDs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan's opinion on Nov. 26 2012
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I actually learned, after doing a little research, how to improve my own brain too. Worth every penny!

I wish I could have read it fifty years ago. it might have changed my life!
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The book is nothing but a promotion based on pseudo-scientific beliefs that only advertise an unproven program that itself costs a huge amount. Not recommended. Anyone interested in this subject is recommended to instead read books and articles by professional scientists who have actually studied neurology.
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By Marjorie Latimer on Jan. 8 2014
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This was interesting…and hopeful for anyone dealing with disabilities or brain injuries. There are, however, no "how-to" directions. Yes, you can change your brain, but if you are specifically interested in Arrowsmith-Young's strategies, you may have to pay tens of thousands of dollars per year to enroll in her school in Toronto. She has an interesting web site, but the strategies are not available to the average individual. I sent an email via the web site regarding training, as I am an educator, but was told that the training is only available to those in the special schools and so I was disappointed as it appears that only the rich can change their brains with help from this book…although the tone of the book (and the email I received) were positive and welcoming.
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