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

Barbara Arrowsmith Young presents in Toronto, Canada: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life – Neuroplasticity and Learning

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Location: Toronto, Canada

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

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The Arrowsmith Community in the Seattle, Washington Area Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Children’s Health Council Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Shaping the Mind – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Location: Palo Alto, California, USA


Cognitive Strengthening Centre Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Location: Perth, Western Australia 


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

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Holy Trinity Parish – St. Catherine’s Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Plenty Valley Christian College Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young presents for PRISM BrainMapping

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Barbara Arrowsmith Young presents at Oakleigh Grammar School: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

St. Mark’s Church School Hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

Location: Wellington, North Island, New Zealand


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

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


Barbara Arrowsmith-Young presents for PRISM BrainMapping

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Australia

OASIS International School – Kuala Lumpur hosts Barbara Arrowsmith-Young: Changing Brains, Exploring a New Reality – Neuroplasticity & Learning

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Location: Malaysia

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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