Memory Training –
Step by step
Initial interview: A phone conversation or
face-to-face meeting with the Cogmed Qualified Coach to discuss the
training and to decide if the individual is a suitable candidate for
the training. The JM (preschool program), RM (adolescent program) and
QM (adult program) are available.
2) Start-up session: The
Cogmed trainee (and a Training
Aid if the user is a child) meets with a Cogmed Coach to learn about
working memory, practice using the software and answer questionnaires
regarding current functioning of memory and attention.
3) Five-week at-home training: The
Cogmed training takes
place at home, 30 to 45 minutes per day, five days each week, for
five weeks. If training sessions are missed due to illness or other
complications, the training can be extended beyond the 5 weeks.
Optional Maintenance Program - One-hundred additional
sessions are included for one year following the initial 5 week
training at no additional charge.
weekly telephone coaching sessions: One of
Coaches will contact the User and Training Aid each week during the
five-week training period. This coaching session is a time to report
progress, to problem-solve any difficulties, and to assure progress
toward completion of training. Users, Training Aids and Coaches have
access to charts and statistics recording the User's performance from
day-to-day, helping them to monitor progress.
meeting and Report: Following the
training, you will
have a face-to-face or telephone interview with one of our Coaches.
At this session questionnaires will be completed to help measure
progress and a final report will be prepared.
follow up interview:
training, we will send you another set of questionnaires to complete
and return to us. Improvement in memory and attention often
continue to increase following the training period. These
questionnaires give us an opportunity to measure and document your
Cogmed Working Memory Training be done via telephone?
The initial and follow
up interviews can be conducted by phone if it is not convenient to
come to our practice.
the cost of Cogmed Working Memory Training?
Associates for current pricing (978 683 6065). Receive 20% discount
if you register two or more persons in the family at the same time.
This fee covers the start-up session, 25 at-home training sessions,
telephone coaching, a follow-up interview, final report, and access
to the Cogmed Training Web; Cogmed Extension Training is also
included at no additional charge.(100 fifteen-minute exercises which
can be used for up to one year following the initial 5 week training
Cogmed covered by insurance?
is not considered a
medical intervention and is not covered by health insurance. The cost
of the initial and follow-up interviews and report writing may be
eligible for reimbursement. Some flexible health spending programs
may reimburse the training.
Cogmed training be done at my child’s school?
school is willing to participate in supervision of the training
sessions. In Sweden, all Cogmed training took place during the school
day. Some private schools in the U.S. are beginning to express an
interest in Cogmed training as part of their curriculum to assist
students who experience problems with working memory and attention.
Cogmed training would be paid for by parents individually, but we can
supervise training at school if there is high speed internet
not sure about moving forward with Cogmed?
Go to www.aboutworkingmemory.org
a resource for those looking to learn more about this crucial
cognitive function. The site includes valuable information on how
working memory impacts us everyday. The site’s most popular
feature is the “Working Memory Challenge,” a fun exercise
that allows users to better understand the strength of their working
Memory in the news:
Class: Boston Globe 6/29/08
Training Shown to Turn Up Brain Power: New York Times 04/29/08
the Brain for As: Hamilton Spectator 04/26/08
Working Memory Tied to Low School Scores: U.S. News & World
the Brain: Cognitive therapy as an alternative to ADHD drugs:
Scientific American 7/11/05
You can watch
a video demonstration of Cogmed
software and other videos about
Cogmed Working Memory by visiting the Cogmed
register for the Cogmed Working Memory Program call Donna Field at
Cerulli & Associates