Working Memory Training using Cogmed®
How can Working Memory Training help me, or my child?
Working memory is the temporary active memory we use when remembering something for a short space of time, working out something mentally, or doing many tasks in one go. Reading, and understanding what you read, doing mathematical functions in your head in a noisy environment, driving, and remembering directions are all examples of where we use working memory.
Having a good working memory is critical, and a strong working memory is an indicator of academic success in schoolchildren, as well as a variety of everyday activities as an adult. It is needed for everything, from remembering the sequence of words being read when learning to decode as a child, or even keeping track of time as you get older.
Importantly, poor working memory can exist as an isolated problem, or as part and parcel of another condition, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, poor reading, spelling, maths difficulties and any conditions where poor concentration is a concern, such as ADHD.
Cogmed® Working Memory Training addresses the following areas
Remembering instructions and remembering what the next step is while working with a sequence of activities.
Learning new things.
Reading, understanding what you are reading, and selecting information.
Organising your life, remembering what to bring along, remembering where and when meetings occur etc.
Listening to other people and responding appropriately.
Time planning and having a sense of time.
Holding back impulses.
How does it work?
Cogmed® RM is a software programme that can be followed in your home. There are versions for very young children, JM, and adults, QM. It uses different exercises over a period of five weeks to train working memory in 25 training sessions. Training is cumulative, and follows the child/student/adult in a way that makes things simpler when an exercise gets too difficult. When the student advances, the exercises automatically get more difficult. A lot of the training is about repeating different sequences over the duration of the training.
We coach and give guidance how to plan and execute the five weeks of training, motivating you every step of the way.
What should I do next?
If you are interested in improving your working memory, or just want to learn more about the training then:
What other tools does Raviv Practice London have for individuals wanting to improve their comprehension and build on their working memory?
If you’re ready to take things to the next level, you should also take a look at our Speed Reading Programme.