The Woman Who Changed Her Brain : How I Left My Learning Disability Behind and Other Stories of Cognitive Transformation
by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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A bestseller in Canada and Australia is the incredible story of a woman who struggled with severe learning disabilities, built a better brain herself, and started a program that helped thousands of others do the same.Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilitiesAs a child, she read and wrote everything backwards, had trouble understanding the language, and was constantly losingBut building on her formidable memory, she made her way to graduate school, where she arrived on the research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to “repair” her own brainThe Woman Who Changed Her Brain has been intertwining her staff with riveting case stories for over thirty years of her work with children and adults.People with learning disabilities have long been said that these difficulties are a permanent conditionIn clear and lucid writing, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain refutes this message, showing with fascinating anecdotes that a person with a learning disability can be radically transformed: Arrowsmith-Youth is a living exampleShe founded the Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980, then the Arrowsmith Teacher Training Program to implement this effective methodology in schools across North America.This remarkable book by a brilliant pioneer deepens our understanding of how the brain worksOur brain shapes us, and this book offers clear and hopeful proof of the corollary: that we can shape our brain
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