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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain Barbara Arrowsmith-Young at UWC Thailand
Thu, 23 March 2017, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM ICT
'A Personal Journey Into the World of the Brain: Shaping the Mind'
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the Director of the Arrowsmith Program and Arrowsmith School. She holds 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.
Her work, begun in 1978, has been recognized as one of the first examples of the practical application of neuroplasticity, which, simply put, is the ability of the brain to change and rewire itself over one’s lifetime. The genesis of the Arrowsmith Program’s cognitive exercises lies in Barbara Arrowsmith-Young’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, a description of which appears in her book, “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.
Her life has been a quest to help individuals address their learning difficulties, so they can experience the ease and joy of learning, and to have the cognitive capacities in place to realize their dreams.
Norman Doidge, M.D., author of 'The Brain That Changes Itself' said the following about Barbara: "Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is a pioneer, a bold and ingenious woman, deeply empathic and utterly determined. Rarely is the person who makes a discovery the one with the defect. Barbara is the exception."
In this presentation
Barbara will talk about her journey of discovery, the lines of research she combined and the outcomes achieved over her 35 years as an educator and researcher. Principles of neuroplasticity and the factors leading to both positive and negative brain change will be discussed.
She will describe a number of learning disorders, from those that impact the learner in school to those that affect us in life. She will discuss ‘cognitive glitches’ - those areas of weakness that we are all familiar with and often explain away by saying, “I am just not good at navigating, recognizing faces...” She will discuss ‘cognitive mismatches’ – situations we find ourselves in where the demand of the task is incompatible with our cognitive functioning and the challenges this presents.
The Arrowsmith Program, her program of cognitive exercises, started in schools in Canada and the USA, and has spread to New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Australia.
Book signing and sales
'The Woman Who Changed Her Brain' by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young will be available after the presentation.
- Parents of individuals with learning problems
- Individuals with learning problems
- Anyone interested in understanding more about how our brain shapes us and how we can shape our brains
- Educators and professionals in the field of learning
Supporting ArticleHow the Brain Learns, Paper submitted at the Australian Council for Educational Research, August 2013
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