This is the incredible story and miraculous work of a remarkable woman. Though she began life severely learning disabled, she built herself a better brain and a brain training program that has helped thousands of others do the same. Barbara Arrowsmith Young was born with severe learning disabilities. Undaunted, she used her strengths to develop brain exercises to overcome her neurological deficits. She has gone on to change countless lives. In the past five years, the idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has caught hold and inspired new hope. Now, thanks to brilliant path-breakers such as Barbara, rather than worrying about how our brains shape us, we can focus on shaping our brains. Young's work is one of the first examples of the extensive and practical application of 'neuroplasticity.' As the individuals described in this book change their brains, readers see how the brain works and what a profound impact improved mental capacity has on how we can participate in the world. Here her personal story is interwoven with fascinating accounts of the clinical mysteries and triumphant stories that Barbara has encountered during her career. The Arrowsmith cognitive training program originated in Toronto in 1978, but is now being implemented in schools in Canada and across the United States.
"In this brave, fascinating book, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young describes how she rebuilt her own damaged brain and transcended the doomful prognosis she received in childhood. This is a riveting study of both neuroscience and human determination" -- Andrew Solomon, author of THE NOONDAY DEMON and FAR FROM THE TREE "Groundbreaking and enthralling" Guardian "A pioneer in the treatment of learning disabilities... An inspiring, instructive life story" Kirkus "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 Bartok, 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
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23rd May 2013
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.29