is very proud to announce that we are the first in the
to offer a new, non-medication based
attention deficits are a major problem for many children, adolescents and
Working memory is used for
controlling attention and deficits in working memory capacity can lead to
Cogmed Working Memory Training improves
working memory capacity and helps
It used to be thought that an individual's working memory
capacity was fixed. Current research
has shown that the brain is more trainable than that. Everyone
can improve his or her working memory through correctly designed and intense
training. For people with serious
attention deficits, improved working memory translates into tangible and
measurable improvements in daily life.
This method was developed in collaboration with the brain
researchers at the Karolinska Institute in
effects of training are scientifically validated and the results are published
in peer-reviewed academic journals such as The Journal of Clinical and
Experimental Neuropsychology, The Journal of the American Academy of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry and The Journal of Child Neuropsychology.
Additional research is being conducted at the
University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University and other respected academic institutions.
Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost authorities on ADHD, in his recently
published ADHD Report (February, 2006) indicates the following:
“I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Drs.
Klingberg and Westerberg at their laboratory at the Karolinska Institute in
Stockholm, Sweden, in September 2005, where I was given an overview of the various
and impressive studies they have been conducting in the neuro-imaging of
working memory, it's malleability and that of its underlying brain networks as a
consequence of the cognitive training and the effects of such training on
children with ADHD.”
My own view, for now, is that Dr.
Klingberg's approach has demonstrated some promise as a potentially useful
treatment approach for ADHD but that it is in need of further research before
it should be widely adopted by clinical professionals... replications need to
be done by independent investigators...
... Dr. Klingberg and his
colleagues are to be congratulated for these initial steps, for the care and
scientific rigor involved in their research program to date, for their openness
to having others replicate their work with their software programs...No new psychological treatments for ADHD have come
forth within the past decade or longer and it is exciting to see such efforts at
treatment innovation, apart from those that have occurred in the pharmaceutical
approach, to the management of this disorder."
Working Memory Training (CWMT) has been successfully used by families, schools
and health-care facilities in Sweden
since 2001 and in the US since 2006. In 2007, the adult version, Cogmed QM, was
introduced and then, in 2008, Cogmed JM, for children under seven became
Working memory is a
key function necessary for many cognitive tasks.
We use our working memory every day: to remember what we
should do next, to solve problems and to pay attention. Working memory is
the ability to keep information in one's mind for a short period of time while
using it to carry out a task.
When people have deficits in working memory, it is often
experienced as inattention problems such as having problems focusing on reading
a text or memory problems which makes individuals unable to finish an activity
according to a plan.
Learning disabilities can also be directly linked to deficits in working
The deficits in working memory are of central importance in
explaining many cognitive and behavioral problems in ADHD (Barkley, 1997;
Castellanos, and Tannock, 2002; Rapport et al., 2000; Westerberg et al., 2004).
Westerberg et al. (2004) compared working memory tasks with other tasks,
and showed that the working memory tasks were the ones children with ADHD had the most
problems with. These cognitive problems often lead to academic and occupational failure.
||Dr. Benninger and Dr. Klingberg in Stockholm
Working memory can
Recent advances in working memory research led by Torkel Klingberg, M.D., Ph.D. have
led to methods for improving working memory.
Training specific sets of working memory tasks using the software program called
Cogmed RM gradually improves working memory function.
The results behind this training are very clear.
Significant improvement in visual working memory, verbal working memory, response inhibition,
complex reasoning and inattention were achieved after the training period. In
addition, three months after training was completed, 90% of the training
benefits for working memory tasks remained.
Parent ratings showed significant improvement of attention and impulse
control. Eighty percent of individuals demonstrate
|| Dr. Benninger and
Maria Andersson, Psychologist and former Head of Training/Coaching for
The training consists of a specific set of working memory
exercises that are performed on the computer, and where the difficulty level is
adjusted according to a specific algorithm.
The individuals complete a fixed number of trials every day, which takes
about 30-40 minutes. This is done
for five days a week, for five weeks. During
training, performance results are saved and can be used for later analysis.
Trainees need assistance and encouragement with training to achieve optimal performance.
The system requirements for RoboMemo are:
PC with Pentium II or above, if or compatible
|128MB of RAM or higher is recommended
|150MB of available hard disk space
|CD ROM or DVD drive
|Keyboard and Mouse or other pointing device
|Windows 2000 or above
|Internet connectivity (broadband connection recommended)
|Soundcard and speakers or headphones
A test button to determine if your computer
is compatible with the system requirements can be found at www.cogmed.com.
(Scroll to the bottom to the "Test You
THE TRAINING PROGRAM
Cogmed Working Memory Training (Cogmed RM) is
developed for children and adolescents from the age of seven.
(Programs for children under the age of seven (Cogmed JM)
and for adults (Cogmed QM) are also available soon.)
The training uses the software program Cogmed
RM with support from a Cogmed-qualified coach from our office.
The training is done at home, with daily support from a parent or
training aide who participates in each training session.
Training can be completed with or without the use of medication.
The complete COGMED WORKING MEMORY TRAINING PROGRAM includes:
*please note all
of the training can be completed without an office visit – it can be
complete via telephone
training is preceded by an interview with a parent during which the child's
specific difficulties and his or her suitability for the program is assessed. Most children with attention deficits are likely to benefit from the
session-The startup session gets the child and the training aide off to a
good start with the training.
weeks of training with coaching sessions-The Cogmed coach follows the results
of the training over the Internet. Every
week the coach discusses the results and developments with the parent/training
aide in a telephone coaching session.
session-When training has been completed the Cogmed coach makes
an evaluation with the child and the parent/training aide and provides a training report. In the event that
the training aide is someone other than one of the parents, a parent will also be
included in the wrap-up session.
5. Follow-up session-Six months after the training there will be a follow-up session to evaluate the
potential benefit of booster training.
6. Extension Training Sessions - Following the
completion of the wrap-up session, 100 extension training sessions, which are
about 15 minutes in length are provided.
|| Dr. Benninger with
David Skoglund and Jonas Beckeman – Game Designer and Chief Technology Officer/Lead
To learn more about Working Memory Training , contact: Dr. William Benninger at 614 252-4800 or email at
DrBill2000@aol.com or Dr. Alan Graham at 847-824-1235 or email at Alan@ADDvisor.com.
Please watch this web site for additional information,
including research updates.
Notice: Cogmed Working Memory Training is not intended to be a substitute for a
health care provider's consultation or a substitute for medication that a
physician may have prescribed. Scientific research in respect to Cogmed Working
Memory Training has evidenced strong improvement effects. Even so, the effect or
result in individual cases and/or for a specific user can never be guaranteed
and results may vary.