Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain



About the book I am hopeful that this is a start of a change in what we view as special ducation The long term outcomes for the kids and adults who completed the programs in the case studies is dramatically different from anything they would have otherwise achieved I hope that the kids I work with Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, eventually do have access to this or something similar The wordventually makes me sad I work in a poor area for a district with no money My heart breaks that my kids not to mention all the other sped kids in the building will not have access to this kind of help I see almost mirror reflections of some of my students in the case studies I can almost label specific kids with some of the deficits described in the book The program is beyond the resources of my school district and of the familiesI wish there was some information about specific things that those of us working with these kids could do now As the research improves I hope that these ideas will spread into the mainstream for special A Fairly Honourable Defeat education Unfortunately my kids and millions of others are suffering now It s a stretch for many schools to be able to adopt an Arrowsmith program all the ones in the US appear to be private schools but I would love something to use with kids now I read this book in a week and found it absolutely fascinating along with identifying 3 learning disabilities that I have but have grown into adulthood just thinking I was stupid because I couldn t do some things that came soasily to other people I realized right away that she might be promoting her school but this kind of teaching and learning needs all the promotion it can get I have told numerous people about the concepts discussed in this book and if I had Bill Gates money I would make sure to implement at least one school that teaches this way in very state My goal is to take my learning disabled granddaughter to be tested to see what I can do to help her out I also would have appreciated some simple cognitive xercises included in the book that helps Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue each brain function but maybe that would have made the book too big All in all I am so glad I read it and if only one person I know can get help from this it will be worth my time andffort The concept behind this book is really amazing I loved how it highlighted the changing understanding of the brain The first third of the book was really fascinating the stories got to be a little tedious because they were all formatted the same and there were a lot of them I was interested in finding out about their techniues of brain change but some chapters didn t The Man Without a Face even address techniue I was looking for information and sometime felt like I was being sold a ticket to Arrowsmith The different types of learning disabilities addressed were fascinating but I could do without a story forvery one Overall it was interesting and glad I read it As a teacher of children with disabilities I have always been interested in brain functioning This nonfiction book was Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) encouraging as it spoke of re training the brain and forcing neurons to fire and wire together bringing dramatic improvements to people s uality of life It makes me want to visit an Arrowsmith schoo. S of children and adults struggling with learning disorders can be dramatically transformed This remarkable book by a brilliant pathbreaker deepens our understanding of how the brain works and of the brain’s profound impact on how we participate in the world Our brains shape us but this book offers clear and hopefulvidence of the corollary we can shape our brai.

There is a lot to recommend about this book In particular the idea that you can change your brain All to often clients worry that they can t change or their partners can t change This book and the idea of brain plasticity Gone (Gone, ends that fear for once and for all The other plus is that Barbara s story is really inspiring However and it s a big however She gives little or no insight into how she changed her own brain and nothing away about the programme that she puts other people through It means the book is full of impressive before and after stories but no insight into the journey itself I really wanted to like this book but I found it very frustrating It s partly Barbara Arrowsmith s biography partly brain science but mostly it s anxtended advert for her program which I d be okay with if she gave anything than a hint of what the program is about Instead it s a series of case studies which invariably Threads Of The Shroud end with how the person s life was dramatically improved after the program which gets a little boring after a while a bit like watching anxtended infomercial for a miracle after a while you just want to know the detailsI also found some of the All Seated on the Ground examples very puzzling how do you ualify as a doctor if you can t distinguish between 8 80 and 800 Or a lawyer if you can understand the principles behind legal cases and judgments It left me wondering if she dxaggerated the disabilities I thought this was a blatant advertisement for the school run by the author full of case studies which were very repetitive and with no real information on what the patients actually did to improve their situation I m still a little bit sceptical but intrigued Untitled. enough that I am looking further into her program The book sounds too much like anxtended brochure on her program but then it s been her life s work It s uite likely that because I am not the target market that I am unable to appreciate this as much finding some parts repetitive Nevertheless a fascinating read and uite the insight into the lives of those that are learning disabledUpdate 2013 Feb 16 Now that I ve started reading uite a few neuroscience y books I m appreciating her book and While the other books I ve read so far have held up case studies news reports and other anecdotes as Wiring examples for their points Barbara presents an insider s view on what it feels like to be one of thosexamples Interesting read about neuroplasticity but she never Against All Odds explains the actualxercises or lessons that help her students I was hoping for something practical and less of an advertorial for her school This book should be read by ALL teachers And anyone with an interest in learning disabilities It is the biography of Barbara Arrowsmith Young a brilliant Ontario girl with severe learning disabilities who through sheer dogged persistence acuires a university Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage education and in the process comes across what appears to be the key to learning problems using the brain s natural neural plasticity The traditional way to remediate learning disabilities is to find ways of coping with them working around the problem instead of fixing it Up until recently it was believed that a brain is set and unable to change No. Born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow stubborn or worse Barbara Arrowsmith Young read and wroteverything backwards struggled to process concepts in language continually got lost and could make no sense of an analog clock But through her formidable memory and determination she made her way to graduate school where she chance.

W with the pioneering work of Arrowsmith Young we know which problems occur in which part of the brain and that damaged weak or under performing areas of the brain can be The DOS exercised or strengthened using very specificxercises This is wonderful news for those with learning disabilities and their loved ones Arrowsmith Young s methods have been used at her school in Toronto for almost thirty years and there is now 35 and counting schools Against All Odds employing her techniues across Canada and the US Most students need only two or three years in an Arrowsmith school during which time their brain is adeuately strengthened tonable the student to reintegrate into a regular classroom setting and succeed Arrowsmith dreams of the day when children are screened for any neurological deficits Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism early on so that they can be remedied before bad habits and selfsteem issues are deeply ntrenched I SO hope that this techniue is the answer although who knows how long it will take for the ducation system to Payment Due embrace it But in the mean time there is something that appears to work for those who are searching Never have I read a book that makes me both so hopeful and so sad The author describes herxperience as an individual with severe learningcognitive disabilities and how she was able to not only overcome them but actually retrain her brain to free herself She then applied these Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, exercises to others and developed additional ones to focus on other cognitive deficits The basic premise is that these cognitive deficits are what is preventing children with a variety of learning disabilities and diagnoses cannot learn Once the deficit is addressed through a series ofxercises think weightlifting with the brain these children are able to learn and perform tasks that were once beyond them The book discusses many case studies of both children and adults who have found success going through the program in the The Arrowsmith Schools It describes individuals moving from the 4th to 80th percentile on various sub tests of standardized intelligence tests It kind of boggles my mind that there is so much resistance to neural plasticity most of which was described in the Norman Doidge book It fits patterns that have been long observed the stair step pattern of improvements following a traumatic brain injury building a neural pathway represents the flatno progress part of the stairs and the sudden jump to the next step once the pathway has been formed is an almost perfect illustration I do recognize the difference between seeing changes in a damaged and healing brain than from someone who was born that wayI don t want to mislead anything This book is both an autobiography and almost an Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, extended advertisement for the Arrowsmith Program It doesn t cover any strategies for any remediation of the different cognitive deficits described in the book there are 14 that can interact in any number and at various severity in individuals I think actual candidacy for the program was discussed in the Doidge book than in this one but the program does not seem to be appropriate for all who apply and that seems to be sorted out in the assessment process Going back to my first sentence. D upon research that inspired her to invent cognitivexercises to fix her brain Now the Director of Arrowsmith School the author interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her than 30 years of working with both children and adults to restructure their own brains The Woman Who Changed Her Brain powerfully and poignantly illustrates how the live.

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Arrowsmith School The program originated in Toronto in 1978 and today is implemented in 38 schools in Canada the US and AustraliaThe genesis of the Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises lies in Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s own journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities a description of which appears in Chapter 2 of the book