The Woman Who Changed Her Brain
The genesis of the Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises lies in Barbara Arrowsmith-Young’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities. Diagnosed in grade one as having a mental block, which today would have been identified as multiple learning disabilities, she read and wrote everything backwards, had trouble processing concepts in language, continuously got lost and was physically uncoordinated. Barbara eventually learnt to read and write, heroically masking a number of the symptoms of her learning disabilities. Her continued difficulty with specific aspects of learning throughout her educational career prompted her research into neuroplasticity and the profound results of the Arrowsmith Program.