Is Dyslexia crashing your brain’s search engine?

MANY individuals with dyslexia often continue to struggle because of a weak working memory, even long after good literacy skills have been established. So, in a busy work environment that is increasingly flooded with information, professionals need to stay on track, prioritise activities and overcome the constant distractions that slow productivity.

Working memory is the ability to keep information in mind for brief periods of time and is closely linked to fluid intelligence, crucial for professional success. The association between Dyslexia and a weak working memory has been well established in research.

Neuroscientists have called working memory “the brain’s search engine” because it is what allows us to locate and retrieve information at a moment’s notice. A strong working memory empowers a professional to perform well under pressure, remain organised and prioritise activities.

In 2001, neuroscientists at the renowned Karolinska Institute in Sweden discovered that working memory, long thought to be a fixed characteristic, could be significantly improved through focused training. This led to measurable gains in daily life for those who completed training, and to the development of Cogmed Working Memory Training, a proven programme that has since successfully boosted focus for thousands of children and adults around the world.

The basic training consists of 25 sessions over 5 weeks, each lasting 30 – 45 minutes. The training can be completed at your desk on your own PC with no need to leave the office. Users who complete training show improvements in:

  • Time management

  • Shutting out distractions

  • Complex thinking

  • Organising and prioritising activities

  • Focusing under pressure

  • Starting, remaining focused and completing tasks.

  • Processing and remembering what one is reading

Cogmed QM is for adults, and comes with a detailed analysis of the specific difficulties and tasks which are causing problems for the individual. It also contains additional strategies and ideas for an improved performance in the work place.

Cogmed QM is offered by the Raviv Practice London, along with other specifically targeted interventions. We believe that, rather than just finding ways around the weaker areas and finding more effective coping mechanisms, the underlying weaknesses should also be targeted and improved upon.

Have you tried our working memory questionnaire?

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