Cogmed Working Memory Training
Cogmed Working Memory Training is a software-based intervention designed to improve working memory in children, adolescents and adults. This unique training program was developed at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden by game developers working closely with psychologists and medical researchers. It consists of active and engaging working memory exercises that automatically increase in difficulty as the participant improves. Unlike other software-based programs, you will be assigned a personal coach during the training who will monitor results, and provide encouragement and feedback.
We use our working memory every day to remember what we should do next, to solve problems, and to pay attention. Working memory is the ability to keep information in our mind for a short period of time, while using it to carry out a task. People with working memory problems find it difficult to stay focused, to plan, to remember instructions, and to start or finish tasks. Studies show that a deficit in working memory often leads to difficulties with reading comprehension and math.
Cogmed Working Memory Training: An Overview
Cogmed Working Memory Training is a commitment; it takes five weeks, 30-45 minutes a day, five days a week, and is typically done at home. Children and younger adolescents benefit from daily support with a training aide, usually a parent who participates in each training session. Older adolescents and adults can train independently.
You will be assigned a coach, who will consult with you at the beginning of the program to describe exactly what is involved and help you develop a training schedule that best meets your needs. The coach has online access to your training results and will monitor your progress, provide feedback, support, and guidance throughout the training during scheduled phone calls.
Results of Cogmed Working Memory Training
• Improved working memory capacity
• Improved attention
• Improved math and reading comprehension skills
• Improved complex reasoning skills
• Improved functioning in daily life
Conditions Linked to Working Memory Deficits
• Learning Disabilities
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Asperger's Disorder and High Functioning Autism
• Normal Aging
Determining if Cogmed Working Memory Training is
Right for You or a Family Member
Dr. Danielak will consult with you to determine if there are weaknesses in working memory in you or your child and if Cogmed training is an appropriate course of action. She will further assist you in creating an environment in which the program is mostly likely to be successful.
Cogmed Working Memory Training is not intended to be a substitute for a health care provider’s consultation or a substitute for medication that a doctor may have prescribed. Results may vary, and specific effects or results in each individual can never be guaranteed.
Examples of Working Memory Deficits:
• Problems concentrating
• Being easily distracted
• Problems starting tasks
and carrying them through
• Forgetting instructions
• Forgetting homework, books, or work materials
• Daydreaming instead of listening to others
Just like physical exercise is good for the body, so too is mental exercise for the mind!
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