Book Review: “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain” by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

by | Feb 7, 2018 | Mindset, Reviews, Self Discovey

Title: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation
By Author: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
Publisher: Free Press

Available through Amazon in hardback, Audiobook and mp3 formats under this title. The reprint edition, with the new subtitle of “How I Left My Learning Disability Behind and Other Stories of Cognitive Transformation” is available in paperback and Kindle editions. You can find it at other online and offline book sellers, as well.

Summary of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Do you have a learning disability? If so, this book brings hope that you can actually cure yourself of this quirk of your brain. Making use of the brain’s neuroplasticity, the author has developed exercises that can, in fact, change the brain’s wiring making tasks that were once challenging for a person with learning disabilities to do with the ease of someone with a “normal” brain.

What I liked about The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

This book gave me hope and exited me about the idea that I could overcome my learning disabilities — I have both ADD and dyslexia. Now, my quirks of the brain are by no means as challenging as the author’s — she read and wrote backward, couldn’t process concepts in language or tell time and continuously got lost.

Arrowsmith-Young weaves her tale of overcoming her challenges with case studies from clients she’s helped. She explains the basis of her ideas clearly and in easy-to-understand prose.

What I didn’t like about The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

There was no self-diagnostic tool nor sample exercises that the reader could use. That may be because diagnosis requires something other than answering a series of questions, however being a compulsive quiz taker, I would have appreciated even an initial quiz that helped readers figure out if it was even worth seeking help through the methods described in the book.

What I’d Love to See in the Second Edition

In addition to some form of self-diagnostic tool, it would be nice to see some clear exercises that people could try out. Even if they didn’t need that particular exercise, it might be interesting or informative to get an idea of how someone with a learning disability would experience the exercises.

Conclusion

If learning disabilities are a part of your life’s landscape, either your own or that of a loved one, this book will help you gain greater insight into learning disabilities, brain function and how the idea of neuroplasticity can help so many people overcome the quirks of their brain. This book is ideal for parents, educators, medical practitioners and anyone interested in the topics of brain function and learn disorders.

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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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