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The incredible story and miraculous work of a remarkable woman. Though she began life severely learning disabled, built herself a better brain and a brain training program that has helped thousands of others do the same.
Barbara Arrowsmith Young was born with severe learning disabilities. Undaunted, she used her few strengths to develop brain exercises to conquer her neurological deficits. She has gone on to change countless lives.
In the past five years, the idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has caught hold and inspired hope. Now, thanks to brilliant pathbreakers such as Barbara, rather than worrying about how our brains shape us, we can focus on shaping our brains. Young's work is one of the first examples of the extensive practical application of "neuroplasticity." As the people on these pages change their brains, readers see how the brain works and what a profound impact improved mental capacity has on how we can participate in the world. Here her personal story is interwoven with fascinating accounts of the clinical mysteries and triumphant stories Barbara has encountered during her career.
The Arrowsmith cognitive training program originated in Toronto in 1978, but is now being implemented in schools in Canada and the U.S. in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, California, and South Carolina.
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