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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 ( 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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Johanna St
She talks about her not being able to understand any abstract constructs but went to university to study psychology? How does that work?
Lady Smart
Wow!!! Thank you for sharing!!! Wish I could see your tool! I though because I’m getting older, 53 yo, and having multiple general surgeries that I am too limited in learning but you’re right. We/I can still re-train my brain and excel as a neonatal nurse! Thank you so much for this very amazing and encouraging message.
Pay me, and I'll tell you how to improve yourself. Pay me, and I'll solve the world's problems. Pay me, and I'll make you well. IF ALL THESE FOLKS WERE SO CONCERNED ABOUT SOCIETY -- then...well, there wouldn't be the "pay me" part.
5G will kill us unless we dont stop it
The only problem with this was her ending statement. She wants a world where schools teach us to strengthen our abilities and become smart independent thinkers. No government wants that, they want obedient workers. They don't want independent thinkers capable of critical thinking. They want you dependent on the failed system that we all live in.
Ave Crux
Madelyn Gates
Bravo Barbara..u did it..u changed ur exciting!! I pray ur vision comes to fruation in our lifetime. .🐝🐳🌝
Gerald Martin
The courage, will and determination this lady has is awesome. KUDOS to you.
(Makes me especially happy because I obtained my BA at the U of Guelph.)
Myra Harrell Fleming
This is exciting news. Kudos to her struggle and courage to conquer challenge in thinking.
Ole Lindell
You can Google Study Tecknology, Have a nice future. Best Wishes Ole
Joyful Murray
Awesome,inspiring and hope giving.
Rico Camacho
She is describing me. I have many of the same symptoms.
Lenard Durand
Hope is often all that people are clinging to and the cruel words of - sometimes  professionals - of: " with it!" are not helping anyone.  Your message brings hope and hope is where all good starts.Thank you for a brilliant presentation.
terri Snyder
Fantastic presentation. Thank you for sharing.
Charlene Alderman
Most fascinating speech. Really makes you think. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention.
How did she have a friend, while she did not understand relationships? How did she learned anything from her father, and how did she study psychology, while she was unable to understand concepts and anything abstract?? I wish it was true, but it doesn't sound like it is.
Why is it that TEDx speakers only tell the WHAT and never the HOW !!!
THAT is what i hate about such talks and they are a time waste !
Come to the point and explain neuroplasticity . Enough of telling your struggles in tedX !!!
Linda Rosenthal
Great info. Thanks.
Michael B
Welcome to living with ADHD! School was and still is a place of harm. But, like this women, in the end we are stronger!
Bad Habits
what a beautiful woman!
M Tanner
While her story was interesting, in the end it is an advertisement for her school/program, rather than a talk to share her ideas--the purpose of Ted Talks. Plasticity is not a new concept--butbmsybe four years ago, more so. "I created this exercise and this one, but you have to purchase my program/attend my school to access my knowledge" is of no benefit to the listener. I'm surprised this talk was accepted as-is. An insight into the thought process that led her to approach brain development in her unique way, that led to her profound changes, should have been required.
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After watching this, your The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Barbara 2 days ago   14:25

In a classic research-based TEDx Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.

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Our knowledge of the brain is evolving at a breathtaking pace, and Dr. Lara Boyd is positioned at the cutting edge of these discoveries. In 2006, she was recruited by the University of British Columbia to become the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology and Motor Learning. Since that time she has established the Brain Behaviour Lab, recruited and trained over 40 graduate students, published more than 80 papers and been awarded over $5 million in funding.

Dr. Boyd’s efforts are leading to the development of novel, and more effective, therapeutics for individuals with brain damage, but they are also shedding light on broader applications. By learning new concepts, taking advantage of opportunities, and participating in new activities, you are physically changing who you are, and opening up a world of endless possibility.

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