We utilize Cogmed Working Memory Training. Cogmed is a digital therapeutics program created by neuroscientists. Cogmed works by specifically targeting the area of working memory. This program has helped individuals who experience challenges in the areas of inattention and focus. Sometimes our clients are diagnosed with ADHD, cognitive impairment, or brain injury, including concussions. Other times, our clients do not have a diagnosis, but simply want to improve focus and concentration.
Our coaching philosophy is to use a strength based approach. This means we help our clients to draw upon their unique set of strengths and skills to work on areas of difficulty. We believe that our clients have the ability to make changes that will improve their quality of life.
Cogmed includes 6 weeks of computerized training targeting working memory. This training can be completed from the comfort of your own home. We work with both adults and children (typically middle school and up).
The goals of this training are to:
Our program also includes executive function coaching. The coaching areas are based on the individual needs of the client. Mindfulness strategies are incorporated to practice pausing and taking in information before responding.
Coaching topics may include:
Working memory is one of the brain’s executive functions. It’s the ability to hold and manipulate information in mind, over brief intervals. We use working memory for things that are important to us in the present moment, but not 20 years from now.
For example, when you need to follow a set of instructions, address a problem at work, solve a math problem at school, remember a phone number or a shopping list, we use working memory.
The following diagram explains the differences between short term memory, working memory, and long term memory. As illustrated below, working memory is critical in learning and applying new information.