The ONE Thing that You MUST HAVE for better Organization, Concentration, Problem Solving, and Remembering of Tasks
Written by Sheila Clonan
July 26, 2015 at 12:41 pm
Working memory processes and organizes our life. It is the search engine for your brain. When working memory is low because of a disability, injury, or age, executive functions such as organization, concentration, problem solving, and remembering of tasks suffer. We all experience degradation of these functions from time to time, but a consistently low working memory (especially in children) makes it hard to learn and can manifest itself in poor reading comprehension, math skills, language development, and on-task behavior. Children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Dyslexia often have a low working memory.
There is a way to increase working memory, however. Research has demonstrated that the brain can physically change in response to focused repeated intensive activity. Such activity is administered through software tools on a scheduled basis for a given length of time. The results are measureable and the effects are positive and sustained.
So what is this breakthrough tool? One such tool is called Cogmed and it was brought to the United States by neuroscientists from Sweden in 2006. It is administered through a network of trained and certified physicians and Psychologists called Cogmed Training Coaches. It is evidenced-based, peer reviewed, and research tested and has helped thousands of people increase their working memory – and therefore their lives. To view Cogmed’s research, click here.
As a NYS Licensed Psychologist and a certified Training Coach for Cogmed, I use the tool for students with working memory deficits (10-15% of all students), which includes children with ADHD and other disabilities. Parents and teachers have observed substantial benefits in such children who, in many cases, are able to turn their lives around.
If you are wondering if your child may have a working memory deficit, below is a chart that shows some common indicators.
This chart is not meant to be conclusive, but if you are wondering where to get advice on learning disabilities, special education, literacy, and tutoring visit my website at www.educationalsolutionscny.com and contact us for more information.
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