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Poor Working Memory and ADD

Do you, a child or loved one have difficulty with attention, concentration, focus, impulse control, social skills or complex reasoning? Has your child been diagnosed with Learning Disabilities or ADHD? The major problem may be a poor working memory.
Working memory is a principal cognitive function associated with attention and focus. It is the ability to maintain information for several seconds in your mind, manipulate it, and apply it in your thinking and reasoning. It is fundamental for concentration, problem solving, and impulse control. It is essential to improve intelligence and is a crucial indicator of success both academically and professionally. Poor working memory is a primary difficulty associated to ADHD, and other learning disabilities.

Working memory has also been found to be the most important factor in determining learning outcomes for students of every age. Its importance outweighs IQ and phonological skills in learning success.
Since one in ten students has poor working memories, a good number of students are unable to reach their learning and social competency potentials. Working memory is a fundamental cognitive tool needed to accomplish a multitude of tasks. It is particularly important in reading and math. It is the basis of classroom learning: beginning with copying from the blackboard and following directions to more complicated tasks like reading comprehension, mental math, and mathematical word problems.
A majority of students with learning challenges demonstrate visual-spatial and verbal working memory difficulties. This compromises their ability to process and store information effectively resulting in less than optimal performance. Unless they receive assistance to improve their working memory these students will not perform as well as their peers.
Cogmed Working Memory Training is an computerized program that provides intensive training of working memory, a key executive function that is critical in regulating attention and in a variety of learning activities. The program has been the subject of multiple studies in peer reviewed journals.

Until recently, there was no way to get a first hand feel for how the program actually works. However, Cogmed’s new demo site now lets you do just that. You can try both the adult (RM) and child (QM) versions and see what it is like to train your working memory. RM version can be used for most children age 5 and up.

Watch a demo to see how cogmed memory training works or try it by visiting the new demo site. Just enter test for the username and test44 for the password.

If you are ready to learn more about how the Cogmed training program can assist you or your child to develop a long-term increase in working memory capacity, please  call (415) 550-1723 today.