By Eaton, Howard
Did you know our brain is plastic?!That's right: because plastic means it can change.This is the story of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. As a child she was told she would never overcome the learning disabilities that made school so difficult and frustrating for her. But Barbara refuse...d to believe that was true.With her courage, inventiveness, and resilience, she found ways to actually change her brain and improve her ability to learn. A dedicated researcher and innovator who came to be know as the brain pioneer for her groundbreaking research using what's now known as brain plasticity to help children with learning problems. Barbara has transformed how people with learning disabilities are perceived and educated. Barbara created her own brain improvement program, and opened the Arrowsmith School in 1980 to bring the program to other students. Today there are over 100 schools offering the program around the world. The program can also help adults who have brain injuries from stroke or accidents.Through Barbara's passion and achievements, she has taught the world that children with learning disabilities and people who have suffered brain injuries can change their brains, and dreams of a brighter future!Read more
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Howard Eaton was seven years old when he was diagnosed with severe dyslexia. He dropped out of school in grade five and attended a private school for children with dyslexia, the Kildonan School. After learning to read, write, and spell, he went on to university to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of British Columbia, and a master's degree in special education at Boston University. He has started five schools that help children and adults with learning disabilities.
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