Written by Dr. Sheila Clonan
September 27, 2015 @ 9:30 am
Recent neurological studies have given us greater insight into brain plasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt or change in response to experience. This is the science behind such popular brain exercise apps like LumosityTM and CognifitTM that aim to re-train the brain by making new connections in neural circuits. The idea is that by engaging in intensive and repetitive exercises that are tailored for specific goals, skills like memory, cognitive processing, and attention can be improved. The jury may still be out on the effectiveness of some of these self-administered apps, but there is good research and evidence that brain plasticity is real. There is also substantial evidence that working memory, the part of the brain function that is key in handling processing, can be definitively improved through intensive intervention. This is good news for all, but especially for children who are struggling in school as a result of a learning disability that may have a direct connection to working memory. Such learning disabilities among children include ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
So, why is working memory so important for a child’s education?
Consider the following. Does your child…
If you answered yes to more than 4 items your child may have a working memory issue and be a candidate for brain re-training.
One of the best interventions to come out of the field of brain plasticity has been Cogmed Working Memory Training. Cogmed is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by leading neuroscientists to improve attention, concentration and focus by effectively increasing working memory capacity. It is administered by certified professionals. Eighty percent of Cogmed users improve their working memory by an average of 30%. That is significant to a child who may need just a little help in turning learning, concentration and organization from a struggle into a pleasure. Here is a great story of a 4th grader that was on verge of changing schools until he received Cogmed help.
Dr. Sheila Clonan is a certified Cogmed Working Memory Training Coach and a Licensed Psychologist practicing in the Upstate New York areas surrounding Syracuse, Rochester, Utica, Binghamton and Watertown. By integrating Cogmed into her practice, Educational Solutions CNY, for child and adolescent testing, assessments, and reading interventions, Sheila can go beyond identifying learning problems and help set students on a path to success. Cogmed can be administered remotely via internet and weekly coach calls by phone, so call Dr. Clonan now at (315) 320-6404 or visit the website to set up a free consultation.
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