Location: Northern California
This young boy had always struggled terribly to pay attention in class and to fit in socially. His school was part of a pilot program for Cogmed in school, and he was one of the 20 children recognized by the teachers to show working memory deficits.
He did not much appreciate the training during the intensive five weeks, but his special education specialist helped to bring him through all of it. The reward game at the end of each day’s training made the difference and was always a motivator. Together they worked every school day in a specially organized room, with five other children training at the same time, closely supervised by two adults.
After the training, his teacher and his mother reported marked improvements in his behavior; both in school and at home. His mother contacted the Cogmed coordinator in the school, very excited about the changes.
- Was diagnosed with a poor working memory
- Struggled to pay attention in class
- Had trouble fitting in socially
- Would blame others for things he had done wrong
- Sometimes would fight with other children
- Can follow instructions in the class room
- Is able accept responsibility for things he had done wrong
- Is less destructive at home
- Now plays nicely with the other children, with much less fighting going on