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Everyday I try to find something new and interesting.  I ESPECIALLY like the stories where there is a triumph of will like this one!

The radio broadcast was difficult to download so this talk by Barbera Arrowsmith Young is on You Tube for our education and elucidation....

published on Jun  7, 2012 by                   


Barbara Arrowsmith Young is the Founder of the Arrowsmith Program, and the
author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain




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The woman who changed her brain

Barbara  Arrowsmith at her Arrowsmith School in Toronto. She teaches techniques  she herself used to overcome a range of severe and unusual learning  disabilities.

By Michael Schulder, CNN

(CNN) - Barbara Arrowsmith spent the first 26 years of her life unable to read a clock.
She spent the first 26 years of her life having to read and reread  sentences dozens of times before she had a clue what they meant.

Barbara Arrowsmith had so many severe learning disabilities as a  child that she would lay her school books neatly on her bed and cry over  them until she had no more tears left. Then she would get to work.  Barbara did have an excellent memory. That was her survival tool.

[1:49] "I had a verbatim auditory  memory, so I could memorize things that I heard. And I had a  photographic visual memory. So I really got by on memory and also on  tremendous drive."

But she had physical disabilities that compounded her problems. The  left side of young Barbara Arrowsmith’s body didn’t know where it was in  space. So she got hurt so often her mother predicted she wouldn't live  past the age of five.

[5:57] "The whole left side of my body  was - tended to be quite bruised and I would never have any idea where I  got those bruises. I have lots of scars on that side of my body as a  result of accidents."

Nobody knew how to address Barbara Arrowsmith’s learning and physical  challenges. So she fixed herself. She created exercises to change her  brain – and now – the brains of the children who have the good fortune  to enter the Arrowsmith School in Toronto.
Listen to the amazing journey of Barbara Arrowsmith in her own words. She is “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.”

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