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, a description of which appears in the article, Building a Better Brain or in Chapter 2 of the book, “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Dr. Norman Doidge. 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 from left to right and mask a number of the symptoms of her learning disabilities through heroic effort, however she continued throughout her educational career to have difficulty with specific aspects of learning.

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Upcoming Events

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Location: Wellington, North Island, New Zealand


Barbara Arrowsmith Young presents in Taranaki, NZ: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Location: Taranaki, New Zealand


A1 Student Ltd Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young presents in Christchurch Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

CityLibraries Townsville hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: The Woman Who Changed her Brain

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

Location: Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Blackheath & Thornburgh College Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

Location: Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane Boys College Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Empowering Lives Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Location: Gaythorne, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Darling Downs Christian School Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Location: Toowoomba, Australia

The Southport School Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

Location: Southport, Australia

Silkwood School Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Location: Mt. Nathan, Australia

CoreSenses | Awakening Capabilities Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia


3Bridges Community Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia


Gleebooks Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2020 

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia


Arrowsmith School Peterborough hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

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