Book: "The Woman Who Changed Her Brain"
by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
In her book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation, Ms. Arrowsmith-Young recalls her own painful struggle with a disabling learning disorder that caused teachers to label her stupid, difficult and stubborn. Interweaving her own powerful personal story with portrayals of the transformations others have made using her groundbreaking exercises, she introduces readers to the heartbreaks, triumphs, and clinical mysteries she has encountered during her career – and sends a message of hope to children and adults struggling to overcome mild to severe learning disabilities.
Reviewers have written, “Arrowsmith-Young explains some of the most complex neurological concepts in a personal and breathtakingly simple way.” “Readers of ‘The Woman Who Changed Her Brain’ will find the author’s writing style lucid and her personal story inspiring. Students of personality, language, learning and teaching all will benefit from this exciting book about the miracle of the human brain.” “It's a fascinating book that speaks to the lag between exciting developments in brain science, and existing educational practices.” “It will open your mind to new possibilities on how to deal with 'traffic jams in the brain.'” “People with learning disabilities have long been told they must learn to compensate for their deficits, because they will never improve. In The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young offers her own story, and those of her students, to refute that conventional wisdom.” “Arrowsmith-Young has been able to describe, in a poignant and often unforgettable way, what it feels like to have a devastating learning disorder––but also what it’s like to leave it behind. Most everyone reading this book will find in its unique case histories, a new way to think about people’s cognitive difficulties in coping with the world. Here is an opportunity to understand the mental glitches and deeper problems of their own or of others in a new way.” “An inspiring, instructive life story.”
- Compelling and enlightening" – Vogue (AU)
- "Exciting and hopeful" – The Age (AU)
- "Remarkable" – Daily Mail (UK)
- "Enthralling" – The Guardian (UK)
- "Instructive" – Kirkus (US)
- "Fascinating" – Toronto Star (Canada)
- "Inspiring" – The Post and Courier (US)
- "Ground breaking...revolutionary" – India Today
- "poignant and uplifting" – Mira Bartók
- "truly heroic, on par with the achievements of Helen Keller" – Norman Doidge, M.D.
- "Hers was a struggle between despair and determination. Determination won." – Michael Schulder, CNN
- "Arrowsmith-Young explains some of the most complex neurological concepts in a personal and breathtakingly simple way. " - The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Book: “The Brain Pioneer”
by Howard Eaton
Did you know your brain is plastic?!
That’s right: because “plastic” means it can change.
This is the story of Barbara Arrowsmith Young. As a child she was told she would never overcome the learning disabilities that made school so difficult and frustrating for her. But Barbara refused to believe that was true.
With courage, inventiveness, and resilience, she found ways to actually change her brain and improve her skills. A dedicated researcher and innovator who came to be known as “the brain pioneer” for her groundbreaking research on what’s now known as “brain plasticity,” Barbara has transformed how people with learning disabilities are perceived and educated.
Barbara created her own brain improvement program, and opened the Arrowsmith School in 1980 to bring the program to other students. Today there are over 100 schools offering the program around the world. The program can also help adults who have had brain injuries from stroke or accidents.
Through Barbara’s passion and achievements, she has taught the world that children with learning disabilities and people who have suffered brain injuries can change their brains, and dream of a brighter future!
Read on to find out how Barbara made her incredible discovery.
Includes a history of studies in brain plasticity, amazing brain facts, vital brain health recommendations, and a comprehensive glossary.
To learn more about the book and read some of the reviews, please visit the website for Howard Eaton at http://gliapress.com/the-brain-pioneer/
Book: “Brain School”
by Howard Eaton
“Stories of Children with Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders who changed their lives by Improving their Cognitive Functioning” by Howard Eaton, Ed.M. Brain School has just been published and can be ordered at: http://gliapress.com/brainschool/
The “Brain School” chronicles students in the Arrowsmith Program at EAS Vancouver. It describes the students’ success in terms of improved cognitive functioning and how this allows them to participate more fully and effectively in the world as well as demonstrating significant changes pre and post Arrowsmith on academic and cognitive test measures.
Book: “The Brain that Changes Itself”
by Norman Doidge
Published in March, 2007, THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF has been attracting wide interest and receiving very positive reviews in Canada and the United States.
Chapter 2 of THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF is devoted to the work of Arrowsmith School.
To learn more about the book and read some of the reviews, please visit the website for Dr. Norman Doidge at www.normandoidge.com
The following synopsis is from the publisher’s website:
“An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.”