- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 4/15/12 edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451607938
- ISBN-13: 978-1451607932
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation 4/15/12 Edition
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“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 Bartók, 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
"If you have a son, a daughter, a parent, a spouse, or a brain, this is a must-read book. It will open your mind to new possibilities on how to deal with 'traffic jams in the brain.'"
—Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder, SharpBrains.com
About the Author
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).
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Most chapters begin with a detailed and heart-wrenching description of the person's problem and how it made their life an abject misery, followed by a brief description of the dramatic improvement brought about by the author's remedial methods.
The main problem with this book is that it contains virtually no specific information about these methods. When they are even discussed - and in most examples they are not described at all - it is in a vague, generalized and very, very brief way. All the discussion of actual remedial techniques in the entire book could easily fit on one page.
Typically, after many pages of recounting the subject's terrible problems, there will be a passage like this (quoted from the book):
"Much has changed for Nathanial. Two years of cognitive exercise to address the artifactual thinking deficit have induced a remarkable change in Nathaniel himself and the family dynamic."
Unfortunately, just what those two years of cognitive exercise actually involved is not explained.
There is no discussion of the scientific methods used to assess progress (especially with reference to a control group), or the process by which the author's training techniques (whatever they are - who knows?) are developed, tested, refined or rejected.
It seems unlikely that this omission of key facts from the book was a simple oversight.
Presumably this information gap is designed to encourage people to pay for training or treatment provided by the business associated with the author. Whatever the reason, it means that many readers will have tired of the soppy, over-emotional anecdotes and lack of hard information well before the half-way mark of the book.
So to sum up: If you want to be inspired with stories of successful treatment for various cognitive and learning disabilities, then you will enjoy this book immensely. If you want to know anything at all about that treatment, forget it - this book will be an absolute waste of time and money and you will regret buying it.
I'm giving it two stars just because it is helping to alert people to the fact that there are solutions to these problems aside from just learning to live with them. But I'm not giving it any more than that because it contains no useful information about those solutions.
My personal view would be to also apply to dementia/Alzheimers persons to see if they can regain recall and function better.
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I have a master's degree. I read the entire book and have no idea how Barbara "changed her brain.Read more