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May 10, 2012 9:15 PM

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

[ TG, Diane, Amie, von, and Rebecca Bode are the winners of this giveaway. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sponsoring it. You can purchase The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation at Amazon.]

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Just received this and have only had time to skim a little, but wanted to get this in on this round of giveaways so some of you could start reading it too.

This promises to be very helpful for anyone who has a learning disorder or loves someone who does:

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn--or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to "fix" her own brain. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains--from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. The capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above-normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits. Starting in the late 1970s, she has continued to expand and refine these exercises, which have benefited thousands of individuals. Barbara founded Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980 and then the Arrowsmith Program to train teachers and to implement this highly effective methodology in schools all over North America. Her work is revealed as one of the first examples of neuroplasticity's extensive and practical application. The idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has now caught fire.

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.
Free Press has generously offered five books for a MommyLife giveaway. Leave a comment for a drawing 5/22

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Wow! This book looks amazing!

Posted by: Shaina | May 10, 2012 10:03 PM

I would love to win this book. I'm a SAHM and I also volunter-tutor a student with a learning disability. As a former high school biology teacher with a background in medical education, I would really, really love this book!

Posted by: Rebecca Bode | May 10, 2012 10:52 PM

I would love to win this!

Posted by: Rebecca | May 10, 2012 11:05 PM


Posted by: Sarah :) | May 10, 2012 11:09 PM

This looks really interesting.

Posted by: Sarah | May 11, 2012 7:05 AM

This one sounds simply fascinating.

Posted by: Denise | May 11, 2012 12:59 PM

This book sounds fascinating!

Posted by: Carol | May 11, 2012 2:55 PM

Sign me up!

Posted by: Danielle | May 11, 2012 5:31 PM

Fascinating stuff!!! I'm compiling a summer reading list and hope this book is on it!!!!

Posted by: Katie Nohl | May 14, 2012 10:10 PM

This book sounds great !

Posted by: dee | May 15, 2012 4:31 PM

This almost sounds unreal. I would love to read this.

Posted by: Joy C | May 16, 2012 12:52 AM


Posted by: Deborah | May 21, 2012 1:26 AM

Looks interesting!

Posted by: L Colton | May 21, 2012 3:30 PM

I'd love this book. As someone with learning disabilities I struggled through school. Luckily I had a mother who never let me accept that I was anything less than very bright. Through her belief in me, extra help when I needed it and my own stubborn efforts I managed to get two masters degrees and a Ph.D., but I also learned that I was never going to be someone who managed to do things the "normal" way. I had to learn ways to compensate and get around my deficiencies. Now as a mother myself the possibility that my children may share some of my disabilities is something I've had to consider. I'd love to look at things that might be able to help them achieve to their fullest potential.

Posted by: Diane | May 21, 2012 4:16 PM

Looks interesting

Posted by: Melanie | May 21, 2012 6:49 PM

This book looks amazing! I'd love to read it.

Posted by: jennie b | May 21, 2012 10:07 PM

this looks very interesting. I would love to have this for my local Ds support group's lending library.

Posted by: kathy | May 21, 2012 10:18 PM

I would appreciate reading this one. In our household, we have learning issues, visual issues, genetic mutations that affect brain functon, along with a few concussions that have changed brain function. I find the brain facinating and challenging. Always looking for more ways to help my children!

Not to mention the changes in our brains as we age....

Posted by: von | May 21, 2012 10:18 PM

I feel like my brain is slow, when it used to be quick; like it used to love a challenge, but now it's too tired to bother. Maybe she has some brain exercises to keep one's brain agile and "young."

Posted by: Cathey | May 22, 2012 12:02 AM

Book looks fascinating -- and would love to pass along to my mom who loves books like this!

Posted by: TG | May 22, 2012 1:58 AM

When my daughter was dx with anxiety disorder I started learning about cognitive behavior therapy, this books seems right up that ally. I would love to be able to take a look at it. Thanks.

Posted by: Amie | May 22, 2012 7:08 AM

Sounds interesting...I'd like to see if there's anything to benefit my child.

Posted by: Becky S | May 23, 2012 8:58 PM

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