In this episode, we delve into the groundbreaking work of Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, an innovator in the field of neuro education, and explore the transformative power of neuroplasticity.
Barbara's journey into the world of neuroplasticity began with her own personal struggles. Born with significant learning difficulties, she embarked on a quest to find a solution that would address her unique challenges.
Guided by the belief instilled in her by her father – “If there's a problem and there's no solution, you have to go out and create that solution” – Barbara harnessed the power of neuroplasticity to not only improve her own cognitive functioning but also to help others facing similar difficulties.
Barbara's work serves as a testament to the incredible potential of neuroplasticity. By harnessing the brain's ability to adapt and rewire itself, individuals facing learning difficulties, traumatic brain injuries, addiction, and cognitive decline can experience significant improvements in their cognitive functioning.
Through targeted interventions and a commitment to co-creation, Barbara and her team continue to pave the way for cognitive enhancement, offering hope and transforming lives.
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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Teaser 00:00
So then started working with some individuals with traumatic brain injury and seeing very similar changes. We do imaging research.
And yes, it is changing. And we see similar patterns. If you have a learning difficulty, or if you have acquired brain injury. There's a similar patterns of under-connectivity and hyper-connectivity. And as the individual goes through the program, those under-connected areas start to strengthen in their connectivity, which then frees up energy in the brain to become creative and function much more effectively.
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Gresham Harkless 00:59
Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I Am CEO podcast. I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. Barbara, excited to have you on the show.
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young 01:08
I'm thrilled to be here.
Gresham Harkless 01:09
Thank you. Yes, absolutely. I'm thrilled to have you as well too. You're doing phenomenal things.
And what I want to do is just read a little bit more about some of those phenomenal things. So you can hear a little bit more about Barbara.
An innovator and an author in the field of neuroeducation. Barbara's work utilizing the principles of neuroplasticity is used worldwide to enhance cognitive functioning.
Her vision is to put the Brain in the Education Equation. Her work began in 1978 is recognized as one of the first examples of the practical application of neuroplasticity to address learning difficulties. And its application has expanded to address those dealing with traumatic brain injury, addiction, cognitive decline with aging and those who want to enhance performance.
Her journey and work is documented in her bestselling book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain and in her TEDx talk as the director of the Arrowsmith program. Barbara continues to engage in research, to understand how we can drive neuroplastic change in the brain to benefit learners of all ages.
Barbara excited to have you on the show. One of the things that I wanted to mention is that you have to have to have to listen to her TEDx talk and how powerful transformation is. I think so many times we can get stuck in. This is how our brains work. This is how our lives work. But I love more than anything else.
I think that your story is phenomenal and that you've been able to remind us of how important transformation and changes and how it's definitely possible. And I had to pull two quotes that you said your dad reminded you of, which is, if there's a problem and there's no solution, you have to go out and create that solution.
And another thing he said before you solve a problem, you have to understand its nature. So absolutely love all the awesome things you're doing. Barbara, are you ready to speak to the I Am CEO community?
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young 02:46
I am. I'm really pumped. I'm really charged to speak community. Thank you.