Cogmed is an evidence-based, computerized training program that has been shown to improve working memory in children and adults. Working memory is the ability to keep information in mind for a short time, focus on a task, and remember what to do next (e.g. following directions or completing homework). The aim of Cogmed Working Memory Training is to increase the ability to stay focused, ignore distractions, plan and sequence, remember instructions, and start and finish tasks. Those skills are crucial for both school and professional performance as well as for everyday living skills (e.g. cleaning one’s room). Research shows that Cogmed may be effective for patients with difficulties maintaining attention, problems in organizing and coping with the volume of daily tasks, and other problems with executive functioning. In fact, many children and adults who complete the program show improvement including greater impulse control, improved concentration, and better communication skills.
How does Cogmed Working Memory Training work?
Cogmed Working Memory Training is a software program that is done in your home. The program involves completing 25 training sessions over the course of five weeks. Each training session involves 30 to 45 minutes of active training time during which the user completes different exercises that are designed to improve working memory.
In order to achieve the desired training effect, it is crucial that each training session is completed with optimum effort. The exercises adapt to each individual and are designed to become more challenging over time. It is very common that the individual who is training becomes frustrated. Therefore, the program is designed to maintain optimum effort by the use of a reward system and with frequent contact by a Cogmed Coach who will provide feedback and motivate the user.
How do you use working memory in everyday life?
- To remember plans or instructions of what to do next
- To comprehend long sentences, which is needed for reading comprehension
- To maintain attention particularly when there are a lot of distractions
- To keep information in memory when problem-solving
What are signs of a poor working memory?
- Easily distracted
- Inability to maintain attention
- Difficulty starting and following through with projects
- Difficulty remembering instructions
- Inability to get organized
- Interrupting conversations
Who could benefit from Cogmed?
Adults and children who have signs of poor working memory. There are three programs available that are tailored for pre-schoolers, school-age children, and adults.
What does the program include?
- Initial consultation (in office)
- Start-up session (in office)
- 5 weekly coaching sessions (over the phone) based on coach’s daily review of training
- Online access to your training
- Wrap-up session
- Written final report
- 6 month follow-up
- Extension training (optional) for 1 year (with no coaching)
Why choose to receive Cogmed Working Memory Training at NBI?
NeuroBehavioral Institute is a Cogmed Qualified Practice. As a clinic specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we understand the importance of utilizing cognitive-behavioral principles in the incorporation of any intervention. Therefore, we pride ourselves in only having doctoral-level practitioners (licensed psychologists) as Cogmed coaches. In addition to the level of training of our Cogmed coaches, we also emphasize in-office consultations, start-up sessions, and wrap-up sessions in order to provide a more thorough evaluation and to develop a better rapport with Cogmed users for the Coaching process. We also incorporate additional measures to assess outcome of the program. It is our belief that these three unique aspects of the Cogmed Working Memory Training program at NBI may optimize results.
If you would like to learn more information about the Cogmed Working Memory Training program at NBI, please contact our office at 954-217-1757. You can also learn more about the program from the following websites: www.cogmed.com, www.aboutworkingmemory.com