Book: "The Woman Who Changed Her Brain" 

by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young


More info about Barbara Arrowsmith Young's book "The Woman Who Changed Her Brain".

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: “Barbara in the Fog”

by Kyoichi Katayama

A new book written by a prominent Japanese author, Kyoichi Katayama, based on Barbara Arrowsmith-Young’s  life journey has been published in Japanese. Loosely translated into English as “Barbara in the Fog: A Story of a Woman Who Overcame Learning Difficulties, Train Your Brain to Change Your Fate”, the book will make available Barbara’s story and vision to a new audience.

This book is available on Amazon JP

Message from the Author

『Barbara in the Fog』

What I hope to convey most in my new book, “Barbara in the Fog”, is the way of life of a woman named Barbara Arrowsmith-Young.

Since birth, Barbara struggled with learning disabilities. She couldn’t read the hands of the clock. She couldn’t understand what people were saying or what she was reading. She couldn’t understand the meaning of additing or subtracting numbers. But Barbara managed to keep up with in elementary school by leveraging her incredible memory.

However, every year, her studies became increasingly difficult. Eventually, in junior high school, exhaustion drove Barbara to attempt suicide. After barely managing to finish high school and attend college, her difficulties ensued. Unable to join in casual conversation with friends, Barbara always felt a deep solitude. She frequently felt overwhelmed and trapped in despair. But at the age of 26, Barbara overcame her learning disabilities by discovering a way to change her brain.

This is the story of a woman like no other. Barbara embraced the challenging circumstances in which she found herself and forged her own destiny, chafing her hands and sustaining injuries to both body and mind in the process. Barbara’s story is sure to inspire tremendous courage in readers.

Just like Barbara, we all struggle to some extent with distress, inner conflict, solitude, anxiety and despair. By overcoming her obstacles and hardships, Barbara found great joy. She also gained a sense of relief that she could finally be like others, meaning that the place where she spends time is adjoined to where we spend time. This was one of the reasons that inspired me to tell her story.

I had another reason for writing this book. I wanted to explore what it means to be human by taking a look at learning disabilities. Artificial intelligence amplifies the positive aspects of the various abilities we have as human beings. In fact, AI does a better job at this than us. We can go as far as to say that this is the only the reason for AI to exist at all. But it is different for human beings. We are able to extract value from the negative. Even if the negative accumulates and becomes zero, we can still find the highest value there.

I am grateful to Barbara for the opportunity to think about this and hope that this book will reach as many people as possible, inspiring them with the will to live.

Kyoichi Katayama

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

Winner of Mom’s Choice Awards

Finalist in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

The Brain Pioneer is available online in USA / Canada / Australia

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:   

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

THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge, M.D.  is available online from and &

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

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.”

Book: “Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers

by Jo Boaler

Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers by Jo Boaler, is available online from Amazon

A quote from the publisher: “Stanford University professor, bestselling author, and acclaimed educator Jo Boaler has spent decades studying the impact of beliefs and bias on education. In Limitless Mind, she explodes these myths and reveals the six keys to unlocking our boundless learning potential. Her research proves that those who achieve at the highest levels do not do so because of a genetic inclination toward any one skill but because of the keys that she reveals in the book. Our brains are not “fixed,” but entirely capable of change, growth, adaptability, and rewiring.”

Dr. Boaler visited Arrowsmith School in Toronto on two occasions and states in her book:

“It is impossible to spend time with Barbara and not realize that she is a force to be reckoned with; she is passionate not only about sharing her knowledge of the brain and how we develop it, but in using her knowledge to change the neural pathways of those diagnosed with special educational needs through targeted brain training”. 

“Barbara is somebody who is leading the world in her brain training approach. Like many groundbreakers, she has had to endure critiques from the people who do not accept the idea of neuroplasticity or that brains can be exercised and developed, but she has continued fighting for the rights of students who have been made to believe they are “broken”.  

“…the approach of special education in schools has been to identify students’ weaknesses and teach around them, essentially teaching to their strengths. Arrowsmith’s approach is the opposite. The teachers work to identify brain weaknesses and then teach to them – building up the brain pathways and connections that students need. My hope is that all students with learning differences will be exposed to brain training and freed from the labels and limits they have been forced to live with, replacing these instead with hope engendered by a transformed brain.”