Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

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Reviewers have written: “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.” “Arrowsmith-Young explains some of the most complex neurological concepts in a personal and breathtakingly simple way.” “It will open your mind to new possibilities on how to deal with 'traffic jams in the brain.'”

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program. She holds 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. Her work has been recognized as one of the first examples of the practical application of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to rewire itself over one’s lifetime.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

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.

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