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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607932
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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. By her own fierce determination and passionate desire to learn, this remarkable woman changed her own brain and has since helped countless others to change theirs. This is an important book.”
—Mira Bartók, New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Palace

“This is a poignant book about two people who connected across continents and generations—a Canadian woman with an unusual cognitive makeup, and the great Russian neuropsychologist Alexander Luria whose writings gave Barbara Arrowsmith the tools to change her own life and the lives of her many students. Moving, insightful and empowering!”
—Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., the author of The Wisdom Paradox and The New Executive Brain

"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.'"
—Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder, SharpBrains.com

About the Author

Barbara Arrowsmith Young is the Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program. She holds both a B.A.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).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric M on Jan. 19 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 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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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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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Jan. 20 2014
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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young bravely recounts her own terrible struggles with learning disabilities as a child, then goes on to describe her heroic journey to heal her own brain and discover the genius waiting inside. The journey is breathtaking. For parents whose children have LDs or for adults who've uncovered their own learning challenges, it reads like a fairy tale. This quiet little book -- a must read for proponents of the Arrowsmith Program -- will one day be required reading for those determined to apply the newest brain science to today's beleaguered education system. But for now, it's a tonic for anyone who's ever felt misunderstood at school or knew they were a lot smarter than their teachers or their results ever told them they were. The before-and-after success stories of Barbara's many students will thrill you and make you smile. As the mother of an infinitely happier (and cognitively improved) child, I know firsthand this book is anything but fiction. Barbara's passion for education and helping children of all ages in pain is an inspiration. This one will be on my shelf for a long time -- after I've managed to get it back from a wide circle of enthusiastic borrowers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Krystyna on Jan. 18 2013
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Barbara's story "The Woman Who Changed Her Brain" is a truly touching and epic life journey of her never-ending daily struggle with learning disabilities. Her depth of courage, determination and sheer persistence to overcome, conquer and change her destiny is a beacon of light for providing hope, inspiration and belief that anything is possible.

It was also enlightening to read how Barbara slowly developed and refined her cognitive program to achieve changes in learning outcomes. Even more surprising is how Barbara incorporated in the program the therapeutic modalities of speech, auditory, visual processing, occupational therapy (output) as well as sensory stimulation in one swoop. A new dawning and evolution for those afflicted with learning deficits. Thank you Barbara for sharing your personal story and the Arrowsmith Program with us all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane on Jan. 17 2013
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"The Woman who changed her brain" written by Barbara Arrowsmith is well presented, interesting and shows the practical application of neuroplasticity.
The brain is not static, can and does change, and all of us can learn new skills at any time in our lives.
With respect to learning disabilities in children, Barbara's techniques should be considered lifesaving!
It is a mandatory read for all psychologists and teachers and a very informative read for all.
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