Family had tried everything to help their son, finally find an intervention that works

Age: 12
Gender: Male
Location: Los Angeles, California

Background: This boy’s family had put a lot of time, effort, and money in trying to find an intervention for their son’s attention problems and working memory deficits. The summer the year before, his parents drove over an hour each way to a nearby university for a new treatment with disappointing results. The boy still struggled with attention problems. He was very disorganized at home, often losing personal items and struggling to keep track of time. Sometimes his mother would tell him to go get ready for tennis practice, only to come up fifteen minutes later to find him doing something else, having completely forgotten about his mother’s instructions. At school, he struggled to stay focused in class and could not retain information he learned; he would also lose assignments and had trouble getting his homework done. Although his parents were optimistic about trying Cogmed training, the boy was skeptical. He was tired of wasting his summers with programs that didn’t help. Once he got started on the program, he worked very hard and the benefits were clear to everyone in the family, including the boy himself. He felt that he had changed in a big way.

Key challenges:

  • Could not keep track of time
  • Often forgot to do what he was told
  • Sometimes would even forget to eat before tennis practice
  • Was severely impacted by his inability to retain information
  • Had trouble staying focused in class
  • Had tried many other interventions and programs for his attention problems
  • Felt like he missed out on his summer’s trying to overcome these issues

Training outcomes:

  • Has a much easier time staying focused
  • Both he and his parents felt like the training did what all the other tested interventions could not do
  • He remembers instructions from his mom
  • Is much more organized at home
  • Has gained better time management skills
  • Is able to plan ahead and organize his activities
*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.