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New England Pediatric Institure of Neurodevelopment
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It’s not that your child doesn’t want to pay attention, but poor working memory might be making it difficult. At the New England Pediatric Institute for Neurodevelopment, we understand that frustration and we want to help. We have partnered with a national company, Pearson Education, to use its Cogmed Working Memory Training. This is an evidence-based online learning program, to help your child boost working memory capacity. Research shows that improving working memory capacity impacts behavior and makes it easier to pay attention, resist distractions, self-manage and learn.

Science in action

Cogmed Working Memory Training combines cognitive neuroscience with innovative computer game design and close professional support to help children with working memory, leading to better attention and impulse control. The brain can reorganize itself and change, which is what allows this training to change your child’s brain function so it performs at its best.

There are programs for three age levels—preschooler, school age and adult—and each includes 25 online training sessions that take 30 to 45 minutes, five days a week for five weeks. Sessions can be done at home.

Each session targets different aspects of working memory and challenges the child’s working memory capacity. Difficulty level is adjusted for the child, which means that users are always training at the very edge of their cognitive capacity.

Being coached

Cogmed is carefully designed but each child is given a coach who can make sure he or she is using the best training level. This helps the child see improvement to working memory that can transfer to real life, improving memory and attention. You will meet with a Cogmed-qualified coach for an initial overview and to discuss the training.

Coaches call weekly to help motivate your child to succeed, and give any needed feedback. They are the reason that 90 percent of Cogmed users finish their training.

Cogmed coaches also track your child’s performance online for the child during training, give a summary when the training is over, and then again six months after the training ends. Cogmed’s “extension training” offers an effective, safe, non-medication, and cost-effective way to address attention problems.

Let us help

For more information about Cogmed working memory training program, call us at (401) 729-6200. Your child can come in for an assessment with Dr. Julie Wilson, a clinical psychologist. Cogmed is not always covered by health insurance. You will need to check with your insurance company. You can also contact our intake coordinator at intake.nepin@carene.org.