Inspiring tale of transformation
THE WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN IN homes and communities, schools and workplaces across Australia and around the world there are millions of people who suffer from some kind of learning disability. They know something’s wrong but often don’t know what it is or how to handle it. Enter ‘‘ the woman who changed her brain’’. Barbara Arrowsmith- Young was born in the early 1950s with a neurological disorder. Outward signs were clumsiness and an inability to judge distance. Inwardly everything appeared to her as if through a fog. Her comprehension, writing, reading and arithmetic suffered. She confused her parents and her teachers. Grit, persistence and a supportive family got her a place in university. She sought answers to her problems and found them in the neurological science of people such as Donald Hebb, Mark Rozensweig and the Soviet scientist Aleksandr Luria. Luria’s work with a soldier who had a bullet in his brain produced evidence the brain could repair itself. So Arrowsmith- Young invented an exercise ‘‘ to change my brain’’, as she put it. The pathways opened up in her brain by the exercise had results far beyond anything she could have imagined. Now, through her school and teaching program, she has reached thousands of people. The results, described in her book, and endorsed by her clients, have won high praise from leading neurologists and educators.