[KINDLE] ❂ The Woman Who Changed Her Brain By Barbara Arrowsmith-Young – Moncler2018.co

Interesting read about neuroplasticity but she never explains the actual exercises or lessons that help her students I was hoping for something practical and less of an advertorial for her school. 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 so easily 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 every 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 exercises included in the book that helps 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 and effort. Born With Severe Learning Disabilities That Caused Teachers To Label Her Slow, Stubborn, Or Worse, Barbara Arrowsmith Young Read And Wrote Everything 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 Chanced Upon Research That Inspired Her To Invent Cognitive Exercises To Fix Her Brain Now The Director Of Arrowsmith School, The Author Interweaves Her Personal Tale With Riveting Case Histories From Her Than 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 Lives 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 Hopeful Evidence Of The Corollary We Can Shape Our Brains 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 an extended 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 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 an extended infomercial for a miracle after a while you just want to know the details.I also found some of the examples very puzzling how do you qualify 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 d exaggerated the disabilities 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 techniques of brain change but some chapters didn t even address technique 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 for every one Overall it was interesting and glad I read it. 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 enough that I am looking further into her program The book sounds too much like an extended brochure on her program, but then it s been her life s work It s quite 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 quite the insight into the lives of those that are learning disabled.Update 2013 Feb 16 Now that I ve started reading quite 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 examples for their points, Barbara presents an insider s view on what it feels like to be one of those examples. As a teacher of children with disabilities, I have always been interested in brain functioning This nonfiction book was encouraging, as it spoke of re training the brain and forcing neurons to fire and wire together, bringing dramatic improvements to people s quality of life It makes me want to visit an Arrowsmith school Never have I read a book that makes me both so hopeful and so sad The author describes her experience as an individual with severe learning cognitive disabilities and how she was able to not only overcome them, but actually retrain her brain to free herself She then applied these 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 of exercises 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 flat no 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 way I don t want to mislead anything This book is both an autobiography and almost an 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 about the book I am hopeful that this is a start of a change in what we view as special education 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 eventually do have access to this or something similar The word eventually 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 families.I 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 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. 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 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.