Boy starts 3rd grade reading at 1st grade level – catches up to his peers after Cogmed training

Age: 8
Gender: Male
Location: Naperville, Illinois

Background: This boy was diagnosed with ADHD when he was young and at the beginning of his 3rd grade year, was only reading at a 1st grade level. He suffered from attention problems that were present both at school and at home. He would often trail off when he was speaking to someone, losing his train of thought and looking the other way. When his parents would give him instructions or tell him to do something, he would either forget or get distracted in the middle of the activity. The boy became frustrated by his attention problems and could be disruptive at home. He was overly irritable and would talk back to his parents. Eventually, his parents decided to put him through Cogmed training and they saw very positive results. He liked the training program and worked hard through the five weeks. He was very self-motivated throughout the whole program. By the end of the year, the boy’s reading level had increased to the level of his peers and they saw significant changes in his behavior.

Key challenges:

  • Diagnosed with ADHD
  • Was reading at a 1st grade level as a 3rd grader
  • Could not remember more than one thing at a time
  • Had trouble following his parents instructions
  • Was disruptive at home – often irritable
  • Would trail off during conversations
  • Was disorganized and easily distracted

Training outcomes:

  • His reading improved dramatically
  • Is now at the level of his peers – results are still lasting a year later
  • No longer trails off when he is talking – stays focused through conversations
  • Can remember short lists of things to do
  • Has increased impulse control – is much less irritable and disruptive
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