Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the Creator and Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program, and the author of the international best-selling book The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (www.barbaraarrowsmithyoung.com/book). 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 (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Arrowsmith-Young is recognized as the creator of one of the first practical applications of the principles of neuroplasticity to the treatment of learning disorders. Her program is implemented in 54 schools internationally.
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My brain is full scelorosis. More and more every year, yet I walk and talk and hold an intellectually challenging job. I know I have been making new connections didn't realize the name. Now I just need to find those spatial- geographical exercises....
Excellent! Brain exercises should definitely be a major part of every class taught, to strengthen all areas we are learning at that time. This is so exciting. I wonder how long it will take our education system to catch on. For slower learners, or those with learning challenges, this might just be the answer.
Thank you for sharing and inspiring others. Through videos like these, I can attempt putting the puzzle together. Perhaps, someone can shed some light on the heart, which actually guides and balances the brain. I have witnessed people who are genius, but have destroyed their own lives due to allowing darkness in their hearts. And, these people themselves are at the top in the medical field. So, my personal gathering is that the desire reminessing in the heart signals the brain to nueroplasticity undetectably. Therefore, the origin of the venture takes place in the heart. Even people who don't have a mental block can enhance the brain, by focusing on the heart.
she doesnt say “how” because she owns a school, only in canada, to teach her process. If she shared “how” she would not be so reknown or be able to achieve what she must earn. same old song and dance...proprietary info, and a tease.
She seems like a nice person BUT her story is so inconsistent that what she is saying couldn’t have happened like she says. Either she is a liar but she doesn’t seem like it. Although there are those weird people out there that make up stuff for attention. Or she’s exaggerating. Or she’s confused and things didn’t happen like she said. You can’t say that you can’t comprehend concepts and then say you followed you dad’s advice which couldn’t be any more concept full than it is. You can’t say you don’t understand 2 hands on the clock but when you made a plan suddenly you self taught yourself how to know a clock after all the years of being taught and not getting it. And as a topper to that you self taught yourself 4 or 5 hands on a clock and could comprehend that? She was in school and people were trying to teach her so there was stimulation. Why at 25 yrs old and self teaching yourself is better than when your a child with more brain connections? She can’t comprehend spatial stuff or math and yet she got as far as taking Geometry? That’s taught after Algebra 1 & 2. Even if it isn’t how she get that far and yet couldn’t comprehend anything? She’s exaggerating. There’s no way that you think you have a literal block in your head and the next thing you know you make your own lessons to be able to divide time on a clock by 4 or 5 hands. She may seem nice but she is obviously a nut.
I am facing lots lots of problem memorry in and solving maths problem i ts hard for me to understand the pain of barbara. Right know i am in highschool and facing lots of problem in my studies due tomy brain. Please someone tell some mental exercise so that i can improve my mental health.
She is the reason I always strive to let everyone I worked with know they can and they matter, they just needed to embrace the inability to find their greatest ability, Barbara here is a prime example of that. Why limit learning and moving forward because of one part of us that is different or complicated. Kudos and blessings to all who don't give up and may we all move forward.
The speaker is so wrong, the brain is not who we are, the brain is an organ and which is part of the body. We exist as conscious beings outside of the body... Furthermore, having letters after her name means nothing; she has not proved anything to us by just talking and writing a book on what she claims to have done with her pseudo science (she comes across as a fraud).
I don’t believe her. How can someone who can’t understand basic concepts like an aunt or telling time, and the written word is mumble jumble to her, how can she not only get through a geometry class, but also graduate from college? If she accomplished these things AFTER fixing her brain, I would say that was magnificent, but to say she did that when her brain was in complete disarray makes me doubt her story. I believe she is just exaggerating to get clients to “teach” them “ her exercises “. It is a scam for profit.
This is exceptional game “nonu amazing only” (Google it) and really interesting. Whether this really enhances my brain is secondary. You`ll enjoy playing this game! This is an excellent application for you to develop your human brain even more I`m so addicted to this right now I suggest.
Thank you for sharing this! I just wish you had shared more about the specific exercises that helped you overcome your obstacle/gift! I have a student who could be you and I have thought and thought about ways to help her learn without success. I know there is an answer - especially now! Thank you again!
Andrew G Key word is heart coherence. Do some research for yourself. Educate yourself on the subject. Really helps with depression/anxiety/stress etc. Its a proven method. Only not advised by regular doctors ofcourse ;).
offer smoking week at the age of 16 I'm not the same again bec I now have a problem I can't heal . now and then I feel like I just smoke the week and I of to sleep and stay in bed when the feeling come back on me I'm now 22 wish my life could change
very nice and inspiring but all knowledge about neuroscience --any science is merely a representation of reality that is grounded without any exception in existential subjectivity -- correct me if I am wrong, but why don't we just cut out the scientific middle men?
KUDOS TO Barbara Arrowsmith-Young !! I have sworn a vow to be a Student of life - To NEVER accept "well you got this problem and have to learn to live with it." I bought a book years and years ago written for Neurologists titled "How the Brain Works" what captured me was environmental aspects; alcohol abuse; violence... I HAD SUFFERED ENOUGH! People!, Neuro-Plasticity is for Real! YOU are now your own limiting factor so get out of your way and get on to Healing and creating the brain (life, and circumstances) that you want! Thanks Barbara!
FANTASTIC!!!!! I suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in my teens. I couldn't do anything, tell a buss schedule, operate a laundry machine and so on. And my doctors just like she said tried to prepare me for a life going around and avoiding my difficulties. And after 7 or 8 years I got fed up with my situation and started progress towards my problems. It took a while and since then 20 years later I have drastically change my life in a way regular treatment would have me living in a special home. Important and well spoken talk. thank you Barbara.
Our education system can't even stop violence in school that leads to anxiety and depression and learning difficulties.
I worked in the Behavior Modification field for 26 years so I know that the school has to set goals and bullying will stop.
It's the same brain .....you only have one brain right ?
You can rewire the brain I was able to do that and medications may be needed at times to clam you so talk to your doctor.
DO YOU GET 8-9 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT ?
Do you drink alcohol or do Meth all these things can throw off the brain.
In 1968 I went to a new school in a __TOUGH__ mining town and I was a shy kid that lacked confidence.The bullies would fight each other over who got to beat me up that day.I could not sleep and I had fearful anxious thoughts all night with no one wanting to safe me.It did not interest the school or my parents to protect me so I felt worthless.
After 2 years of terror something happened ....I changed my thoughts.....my thoughts were all I could control and I decided that I was tired of being afraid.I soon became one of the meanest,vicious fighters in the town.I would knock them out fast so they called me one punch.
One of the most powerful things I can give you to fight back fearful thoughts is called " SELF TALK " it changes the brain and it changes the confidence slowly to move away from the past.I tell myself that my torture made me tougher and I'm grateful to my mining school were 5 of those classmates went to prison.
So what you do for self talk is talk to yourself gently when you hear yourself being mean to yourself you say I'm good to myself and I talk to myself with respect.WE NEVER CALL OURSELVES NAMES.........EVER....OK ???
You are not stuid you just made a mistake so I ask myself what can I learn from this ?
We never beat ourself up and be a BULLY.
If I'm anxious and nervious or having negative self talk I defend myself with the truth.
I'm going fishing with the guys and I have never been fly fishing .....I'm going to look foolish+.........NO !! I defend myself like talking gently to a child ...(((THAT LITTLE CHILD IS YOUR BRAIN )) At first it will be strange fly fishing but they have you tube videos and books and if I practice I will get used to it.
Your inner thoughts and voice program the brain and then your emotions come next when you get upset.
THIS CHANGED MY SELF ESTEEM OVER THE YEARS ......Remember our past is not our future.
thankyou i have done much the same if less well.
the absolute commitment to prove to others that i could do the things others do,
was the only thing that kept me going, to many of my friends classed as disabled did not make it. just telling your story will means much to a lot of kids who will no longer be alone and without hope, that things can get better.
so once again thankyou wish i had met you 30 years ago.
please continue with this good work and let me know of any way i can help.
The problems she had were more worse than my current problems yet she lives happier than me. I wanna change my brain too and now I just need to take the right bath. Thanks for this wonderful presentation.
An amazing story. I am just impressed with that woman. Such stories make me think that I have no troubles at all and I should never complain about my own life. But I didn't catch the one thing. Could anybody explain me what does it mean: two-handed clocks? And what hands did she added? Please, I would really appreciated it...
+ Karina Alatyreva - IMHO I take it at face value. She couldn't understand analog clocks and how the hour hand and minute had related to each other. The 3rd hand would be the second hand. As for the fourth, I dunno, but she could've just created / added one of an unconventional nature as to take the exercise to another level of complexity? That's my guess anyway... :-)
I do not find it anyway strange. Your brain at any age you can change. In the beginning it will make you very tired and a lot you will sleep. New ways of living and learning slowly into you will creep. Listening to you I did really enjoy.
"She isolated herself and began toiling to the point of exhaustion, week after week -- with only brief
breaks for sleep -- at mental exercises she had designed, with no guarantee they would lead
anywhere. Instead of working around the problem, she exercised her most weakened function --
relating symbols -- progressively. One exercise involved reading hundreds of cards with clock faces
showing different times on the front. She had Joshua Cohen write the correct time on the back. The
cards were shuffled so she couldn't memorize the answers. She turned up a card, attempted to
determine the time, checked the answer, then moved on to the next card, as fast as she could. She
started with two-handed clocks, making numerous mistakes. When she couldn't get the time right,
she'd spend hours with a mechanical clock, turning it slowly, to try and understand why, at 2:45,
the hour hand was three-quarters of the way towards the three. At some point, she started to get
the answers right, so she began adding hands for seconds and sixtieths of a second.
At the end of many exhausting weeks, not only could she read clocks faster than normal people, but
she noticed improvements with her other difficulties relating symbols. She began for the first time
to grasp grammar, math, and logic, and most importantly, what people were saying as they said it.
She left lag time behind. "
Having a channel about overcoming "disability" I can completely relate to dealing with people that "just deal with it" and give up. It's so sad. I hope to be able to have a positive influence in their life. This video was very encouraging to me.
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