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The Woman who Changed Her Brain


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An international bestseller and the remarkable story of how one woman built herself a better brain - and in doing so created a learning system that would in turn change many hundreds of lives.

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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).


In this brave, fascinating book, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young describes how she rebuilt her own damaged brain and transcended the doomful prognosis she received in childhood. This is a riveting study of both neuroscience and human determination -- Andrew Solomon, author of THE NOONDAY DEMON and FAR FROM THE TREE
Groundbreaking and enthralling * Guardian *
A pioneer in the treatment of learning disabilities... An inspiring, instructive life story * Kirkus *
Arrowsmith-Young's poignant and uplifting book about her transformation from a child born with severe learning disabilities to a dynamic pioneer in cognitive education offers hope to anyone who has ever struggled with a learning disorder, brain trauma, ADD, or stroke. By her own fierce determination and passionate desire to learn, this remarkable woman changed her own brain and has since helped countless others to change theirs. This is an important book. -- Mira Bartok, New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Palace
This is a poignant book about two people who connected across continents and generations-a Canadian woman with an unusual cognitive makeup, and the great Russian neuropsychologist Alexander Luria whose writings gave Barbara Arrowsmith the tools to change her own life and the lives of her many students. Moving, insightful and empowering! -- Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., the author of The Wisdom Paradox and The New Executive Brain

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