Cogmed Working Memory Training
Cogmed is a computerised training program designed to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity over several weeks. It has been formulated to adapt to your child’s age and intellectual ability by being both challenging and engaging. Peer reviews and independent studies have shown a marked increase in children’s working memory after completing a Cogmed program.
What Is Working Memory?
Working memory is a key cognitive function used in daily life that allows individuals to hold information in their mind for brief periods of time, typically a few seconds. Working memory can be described as active attention. As human beings, we are constantly interacting with other people and performing tasks. The quality of what we do is highly dependent on how well our working memory is functioning.
How Does The Cogmed Program Work?
The Cogmed program improves attention by training working memory. Independent, peer-reviewed, academic studies consistently show that most people with attention deficits have a working memory deficit. Working memory is critical for learning, focusing, appropriately shutting out distractions, and for complex thinking.
Cogmed Working Memory Training is built around 3 easy-to-use and age-specific software applications, each designed to motivate and reward the user for training. The Cogmed software automatically adjusts the exercises in real-time to a level that is challenging but not so difficult that it becomes intimidating. It adapts to whoever is using it and provides lots of feedback and rewards to maximise success.
What Does The Cogmed Program Involve?
The program is based on strong scientific research and is delivered over several weeks under the supervision of a qualified Cogmed Coach, in the convenience of your home. The complete program includes:
- Initial interview
- Start-up session
- A minimum of 5 weeks of training with 5 coach calls
- Wrap-up meeting
- 6 month follow-up interview
- Access to the Cogmed Training Web
- Optional Cogmed Extension Training (12 months)
Cogmed JM (Children – Preschool)
Younger children use their working memory for focusing on and following instructions, and remaining seated to complete independent activities.
Cogmed RM (Children – School Age)
Working memory is crucial for children and adolescents in school and socially. Reading, solving math problems, planning, and following a conversation all rely on working memory.
Cogmed QM (Adults)
Working memory in adult and professional life is critical for challenges such as planning, focusing, resisting distraction, and meeting deadlines.