Your working memory is your ability to give controlled attention to, and retain, verbal or visual information, manipulate it and then use it promptly and accurately in order to carry out a task. A capable working memory underpins good progress in learning and social engagement. Hence the results from working memory assessment are a good predictor of academic success and appropriate social engagement.
The exciting news is that one’s working memory capacity can be developed through training and much of the training effect can be sustained. A stronger working memory capacity should lead to improved progress in learning.
The Cogmed Working Memory Training program continues to be our most frequently-used computer–based training tool for the following reasons:
- It is available for individuals from 5 years to adult.
- It is an evidence-based intervention that has numerous peer reviews.
- Most students enjoy the computer-based learning.
- It is an explicit tool that clearly defines what needs to be done and how often the training should occur.
- Frequently there is a flow-on effect. The strengthening of an individual’s working memory capacity can led to the strengthening of other areas of executive function such as attention control, goal setting and work-related persistence.
- Good support is integral to the training – this is to supervise, to give moral support and to reflect with the participant
- Success in the training prepares the child for engagement in remediation in their area of need.
- The learning strategies developed in the Cogmed training can be applied to future areas of personal development and learning.
- The Cogmed training can only be offered by trained professionals.
- At the completion of the training the individual is not left unsupported. They will have access to Cogmed follow-up training and CDN support
For more information about Cogmed please go to http://www.cogmed.com/wm-learning
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