Boy with ADHD begins quarter in danger of being held back a year in school, finishes quarter on the honor roll

Age: 12
Gender: Male
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Background: At the end of the first quarter of school last year, this sixth grade boy’s family was already told that he may not go to seventh grade because of his poor academic performance. After being diagnosed with ADHD at an early age, the boy, even with medication, had always struggled with academics, but his struggles had never before been so severe. The boy’s parents were desperate to help their son and decided to have the child go through the Cogmed training program hoping for a change that would allow him to continue on to seventh grade.

By the end of the very first week of Cogmed training, their son was already showing signs of academic improvement. Just one week into training, he scored 100% on a Japanese language test for the first time. Over the course of the entire five-week training program, he continued to show further improvement in academics, as well as significant improvement in his emotional control and social skills. By the end of the training, his second quarter report card showed that he had, for the first time, made the honor roll! The parents were stunned. Not only was he going to go to seventh grade, he was doing so well that he made the honor roll – which the boy’s parents said is something they could never have dreamed before. Now, the boy’s self confidence is through the roof. The practitioner who administered the training said “he’s not cured from ADHD and he still needs some medication, but definitely in academics there are unbelievable changes and that has continued”. Since then, he has continued to maintain his academic improvements. He made it through sixth grade easily and is now continuing to do well in seventh grade.

Key challenges:

  • Diagnosed with ADHD
  • Had always struggled in school
  • At the beginning of sixth grade – was in danger of not advancing to seventh grade
  • Lacked confidence in himself
  • Parents were desperate to find something to help their son do better in school

Training outcomes:

  • Began showing academic improvement after just one week of training
  • Improvements continued through the five weeks
  • At the end of the next quarter – he had made the honor roll
  • His parents were stunned with the dramatic academic improvement
  • Gained more confidence in himself
  • Saw improvements in emotional control and social skills
  • Advanced to seventh grade and continues to do well
  • Parents say they could never have dreamed that he would do this well
*Photos above are not of the actual users whose experience we describe – we understand that poor working memory
is often a hidden weakness that impacts people in a very personal way.
Out of respect for their privacy, we have kept the identities of these people anonymous.