Brain School: Stories of Children with Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Who Changed Their Lives by Improving Their Cognitive Functioning Paperback – Nov 9 2010
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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.