Voices from your colleagues

Hear opinions about Cogmed from other health care professionals

When you contemplate adding Cogmed to the tools you use to help your clients, you may want to investigate how the professionals in the network think of Cogmed. At the most recent annual Cogmed conference, we sat down with some of the leading people in the network and asked them, on camera, about their comments on Cogmed. Below are excerpts from the conversations.

Arthur Lavin M.D., is a pediatrician in private practice for over 20 years in Cleveland. He also serves as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Lavin has helped create standards for community pediatrics, published original research in journals such as Science, and has co-authored manuals used for teaching pediatricians to care for children with special health care needs. He was also rated America’s Top Pediatrician in 2004.

“In August of 2005, I was shocked to find that someone had cracked the age old problem, can you change the basic fundamental cognitive processes in the brain? When I saw a report that someone had at least claimed to be able to do that, I immediately contacted Dr. Klingberg. When I found out that the claims about Cogmed were based on very sophisticated, extremely reliable neuroscience that was published in some of the world’s leading journals, I decided that it was time to get involved.

The market is flooded with entrepreneurs trying to make good money on other people’s troubles. So to have an intervention that is an outgrowth of good, reliable neuroscience that has an incredible amount of integrity behind it means that for the first time we have a service for people that can reliably make a difference. We can actually quote that there’s an 80% chance you’ll get enough of an improvement doing this program that your life will actually improve. That can’t be said about any other intervention for cognitive function in the United States today.”

Paul White Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has worked with families, individuals, and businesses in a variety of settings for over 20 years. Dr. White continues to assess students and individuals with learning difficulties including ADHD, dyslexia, and learning disabilities.

“The average results I see my clients have during Cogmed training is that it’s not a bank of flood lights that just pop on but more like a dimmer switch that’s slowly turning on and coming into view. So it’s an interesting process to watch – that the results and the training process takes time. Parents are anxious to see good results so we have to give cues to what to look for. They need to look for improvements not just in attention and impulse control, but also in organizational skills, remembering tasks, remembering math facts, reading comprehension, managing frustration, and many other improvements in daily life.”

Judith Aronson-Ramos M.D., has been serving children and families in South Florida since 1993. Board certified in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics and General Pediatrics, Dr. Aronson-Ramos brings a comprehensive and unique perspective to the treatment and care of children and families affected by developmental disorders, learning disorders, social and emotional problems, and other behavioral concerns of childhood and adolescence.

“The main appeal toward Cogmed is quite often people are looking to utilize something other than strictly medication or some of the other behavioral measures that are out there. People feel it has evidence and feel that it has more validation behind it than some of the other programs. So people get propelled to Cogmed based on research and also of course the fact that as a physician, I’m able to say this is an intervention that I know has data behind it.

It’s difficult because there are new programs coming up constantly and we really have to be careful because any intervention can make any claim. This is what led me to Cogmed and what keeps me in the network, is that research doesn’t stop – it’s ongoing and there’s new information constantly coming forward and new studies being done.”

Sander Weckstein M.D., is owner of the Northern Michigan Psychiatric Services in Traverse City MI, and a board certified Child, Adolescent and General Psychiatrist. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

“I think Cogmed is the leader of the cognitive training industry. The issue all gets back to good evidence, good data – and from a child and adolescent psychiatric standpoint what I like to look at is blinded controlled studies. And at least as I look at the other companies, I don’t see that and that’s what drew me to Cogmed in the first place – that there was good, well designed, blinded controlled studies that were really backing up the claims that were made.”

William Benninger Ph.D., has specialized in the assessment and treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults for over twenty years. He is co-founder of ADDvisor.com, a national ADHD educational forum, ADDvisor.com provides free monthly teleconferences featuring nationally recognized ADHD experts. He is, in addition, an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Benninger is a member of CHADD and a 5 time recipient of their Innovative Practice Award. Dr. Benninger attended The Ohio State University, graduating in 1975. He then attended OSU’s APA-approved counseling psychology graduate program. Dr. Benninger received his PhD in 1979.

“Cogmed’s research is spectacular. For the amount of time that Cogmed Working Memory Training has been available, the research has blown everybody else away and has really changed what neurologists think about working memory. So in my book, if there were other things that were legitimate interventions in this realm, I’d be using them because I want to be able to provide to parents as many options as they can have to treat their child with ADHD, but this is the only one that has the research behind it that we can trust will provide a lasting benefit.”

Grant L. Martin Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, in private practice in Edmonds, Washington with over 42 years of experience. Dr. Martin is an expert in the special needs of children, including the identification and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder, learning problems, and related issues. Having worked with over 9000 children in his career, he has an extensive background in behavior problems, parent-child relationships, and family violence issues, including child sexual abuse.
“Cogmed has the research base and there’s no question that it stands far above the other programs. Everyone has anecdotal data, but we can report an increasing number of studies that have all types of controls we like to see and a lot of folks like the sound of hearing that there’s lots of research done – it’s always reassuring.”

Skip Baker M.D., is a board-certified general pediatrician with a private practice in Los Angeles CA, who specializes in children and young adults with developmental problems in educational and behavioral areas. Dr. Baker provides cutting edge services to a large number of children with neurobiological difficulties such as Attention Deficit Disorder.

“There are a number of new programs that are available and of the ones we’ve looked at, nobody stands against Cogmed with the amount of research that’s there – and the amount of openness in the research. It’s head and shoulders above any other brain training program that I’ve seen. I don’t think it’s any question that some of these other programs can help – but when you’re talking about evidence based information, this has got it.

In terms of results, universally I’ve seen benefits that are compatible with the research that’s been performed about Cogmed – the few people that it doesn’t work on we don’t understand but for the most part, the impact has been tremendous from the standpoint of people’s willingness to look at things differently to improve processing information, linear thinking, and memory systems. Sometimes the changes are dramatic, sometimes they are medium, and rarely, they are not available.”

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