Barbara was diagnosed in Grade One as having “multiple learning disabilities”. So what did she do? She went about building herself a better brain. Barbara had an excellent memory as well as an iron will, and through heroic effort, she taught herself to read and write from left to right and mask a number of the symptoms of her learning disabilities. But she continued throughout her educational career to have difficulty with specific aspects of learning, and was plagued by chronic doubt and a range of emotional problems. This book relives the incredible journey of discovery and innovation that led Barbara to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, introduces us to the stories of some of the people she has helped over three decades as a researcher and educator, and argues passionately for a paradigm shift in the way parents, educators and society understand and approach individual learning differences in childhood and beyond.