Cogmed working memory training

Cogmed working memory training is a computerized brain development program that can improve attention, concentration, academic and work skills by strengthening working memory, a core aspect of cognitive functioning that is affected in many children and adults suffering from attention problems. Working memory is also frequently an issue affected when learning problems are present.

Cogmed has been proven to be effective through peer-reviewed research published in major journals, and is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a showing good empirical evidence as a treatment for ADHD.

Dr. Hughes was the first professional to provide Cogmed working memory training to the upper midwest region, and has been providing this service to patients for over eight years.

Cogmed working memory training consists of 25 sessions of about 30-45 minutes length, done on your computer at your home with the support of a trained Cogmed Coach.

Cogmed working memory training is helpful for anyone whose performance is impacted by their working memory capacity. An individual may be constrained by their working memory capacity if he or she:

  1. Is easily distracted when working on or doing something that is not highly interesting.

  1. Has trouble waiting his or her turn, for example in a conversation, or when waiting in line to get help.

  1. Struggles with reading comprehension and has to read through texts repeatedly to understand them.

  1. Struggles with problem solving that require holding information in mind, for example mental math calculations.

  1. Is inconsistent in remembering math facts.

  1. Struggles with completing tasks, especially multiple step tasks.

  1. Has difficulty remembering long instruction given in several steps, for example following recipes, directions or school/work assignments.

  1. Struggles to understand the context in a story or a conversation.

  1. Has difficulties when planning and organizing something that needs to be done in separate steps.

  1. Has difficulty staying focused during cognitive demanding tasks but attends well when cognitively demands are minimal.

  1. Has difficulty integrating new information with prior knowledge.

  1. When called on, forgets what he/she was planning to say.

  1. Has difficulty taking notes and listening at the same time.

A number of conditions can impact working memory, including a person’s genetic makeup, early developmental environment, and things that affect the brain including stroke, brain injury, some medical treatments, and normal aging. Poor working memory may not become evident as a concern until the demands of career or school increase to the point where limitations in working memory became a “bottleneck.”

You can learn more about research on the benefits of Cogmed working memory training for a number of conditions at Cogmed’s web site here.

Contact Dr. Hughes to arrange a consultation to help decide if Cogmed is right for you or someone you love.