In the 1950s Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was a child growing up with multiple learning deficits. She had considerable difficulty relating to the world on several levels and her parents were told their daughter had a "mental block." Taking this "diagnosis" literally, Barbara pictured a square cube in her head, blocking her brain from working properly. Barbara's world was confusing and incomprehensible. She was frustrated with this disconnect but refused to accept her limitations. As a psychology student Barbara studied the brain and began to train her brain with flashcards. Barbara read encouraging material from experts in the field of neuroplasticity. Barbara's research and groundbreaking brain games developed into the Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises for the Arrowsmith School in Toronto, Ontario. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is a neuroscience pioneer and now she shares her story in The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Stories Of Transformation From The Frontier Of Brain Science.
In the past we were told our brain shapes us, but the truth is we can shape our brain. The old school belief that the brain is hardwired like a computer gives a bleak outlook of neurological fatalism for people with developmental disabilities or brain injury. The contemporary view of the brain as a trainable organ that can be exercised gives hope to individuals who want to increase their cognitive capacity which is known as neuroplasticity. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain is a good mix of brain science, the author's personal history and several case studies that showcase the development and achievements in the area of neuroplasticity. This book is a must-read for anyone who works with children who have learning disabilities or those who work with brain injury patients. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain is an inspiring story of hope and a testament to tenacity. To learn more about Barbara Arrowsmith-Young's book check out the book trailer below.
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). You can find out more about Barbara Arrowsmith-Young by visiting her website www.barbaraarrowsmithyoung.com and read more about her book on www.thewomanwhochangedherbrain.com.
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