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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Narrator: Lisa Bunting Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to fix her own brain. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains - from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. The capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above-normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits. Starting in the late 1970s, she has continued to expand and refine these exercises, which have benefited thousands of individuals. Barbara founded Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980 and then the Arrowsmith Program to train teachers and to implement this highly effective methodology in schools all over North America. Her work is revealed as one of the first examples of neuroplasticity's extensive and practical application. The idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain ha... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting at the start - Advertising later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleni | 1/25/2014

    " A brilliant and fascinating book and author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alia | 1/22/2014

    " I am really fascinated by the work that Arrowsmith-Young has done in addressing learning disabilities, and this book left me wanting to dig deeper into it, do more research, learn more about her program and the possibilities it seems to offer. Definitely will be getting more information about this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/15/2014

    " Brilliant, inspiring,the author was able to be so motivated to use her innate intelligence to dig deeper,see the connections between her difficulties, and those of someone who was injured, and then taking this knowledge into the world to help others.What is now being known about the brain, and and it's functions,it should be treated as other body organs,and when testing, as available,without any stigma. Thank goodness for Ms.Young and other pioneers,helping to make it so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dinah | 1/11/2014

    " Very informative, but would have like to have known more about the neurological exercises. The case studies were interesting, and everything turned out well because of her Arrowsmith School. Having some facts to back it up would have taken the subject to a deeper level of understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Grossman | 12/23/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Trombley | 12/20/2013

    " The problem that I had with this book is that it read like a long advertisement for the Arrowhead School in Toronto. The author identifies many different learning disabilities, and provides case studies to prove that these disabilities can be overcome, but only hints at methods for treatment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mark | 11/19/2013

    " Interesting book. Barbara Arrowsmith Young has developed a fascinating system that actually seems to work (even though there are anecdotal stories but no scientific studies to prove it). If you have a child with learning disorders, this is a book you should red. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 11/11/2013

    " Very interesting, I did wonder how she managed to get as far as she has woith the amount of learning disabilities she had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Goldstein | 9/22/2013

    " I read this book over two weeks and always wanted more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 7/20/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a book about changing lives and it was fascinating and easy to read. It's made me think about my own abilities and some of the difficulties of others and how it may be possible to help them. Definitely worth reading:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saur | 7/9/2013

    " I've been learning a bit about brain plasticity the last few years -- fascinating and of concievably societal changing consequences. Book was well written, somewhat elliptical in areas. I'd give it a 4*, but I'm still thinking about it, so 5* it gets. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ollieb | 6/16/2013

    " I thought this was a blatant advertisement for the school run by the author - full of case studies which were very repetitive, and with no real information on what the patients actually did to improve their situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/16/2013

    " Fascinating insight for any parent or teacher who has learning disabled kids. Or if you wonder why you have one thing you can't do and millions of things you are good at doing. Uplifting stories of the possibility of curing leaning problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/25/2013

    " This book is a must read to understand why you may be weak in some areas. A must read for all parents. Brilliant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Noga | 2/11/2013

    " Found it fascinating how many different types of learning disabilities there are. The stories of the author and all the students described was inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 2/6/2013

    " Wow, the transformation that can occur in a person's brain. A great read for anyone interested in learning disabilities and how people have over come them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 8/9/2012

    " Very interesting story. One brave lady "

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