Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based intervention for improved working memory. Cogmed Working Memory Training is a comprehensive 5-week home-based computer program designed to help children, adolescents and adults with attention deficits by training and increasing their working memory capacity. Studies show that most children and adults with attention deficits have a working memory deficit.
What is working memory?
Working memory is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task and remember what to do next. We use working memory everyday. We use it to stay focused, ignore distractions, remember what to do next, control impulses, and solve problems.
Signs of a working memory deficit:
- problems focusing
- easily distracted
- difficulty starting and finishing tasks
- forgetting instructions
Benefits of Cogmed:
- improved ability to sustain attention
- improved impulse control
- better complex reasoning skills
- better academic performance (reading comprehension & math)
- initiating and completing tasks
Research on the Cogmed program has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Neuroscience, Science, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Developmental Science, Child Neuropsychology, and the British Journal of Educational Psychology. Studies indicate that 80% of participants have significantly improved their ability to concentrate and use complex reasoning skills over the long term. Improvements to working memory are correlated to changes in the frontal and parietal parts of the brain, the crucial parts of the brain for using working memory. Training has been demonstrated to have lasting effects. When asked one year after training to report on their experience, 79% of parents reported effects had remained or increased.
As a Certified Cogmed Coach, I am able to offer Cogmed Working Memory Training to clients. I work as a Cogmed Coach for Nancy Brown Therapy, LLC to offer this service. To learn more about Cogmed visit www.cogmed.com. To learn more about Nancy Brown Therapy LLC, a Cogmed Qualified Practice, visit www.nancybrowntherapy.com.