Young girl who needed training aides at school and at home thrives doing Cogmed, finds new motivation to manage her responsibilities

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

Background: This twelve year old girl suffered from a very poor working memory. She simply could not hold on to information long enough to do anything with it. In class, she never took notes because the information would be gone by the time she tried to write it down. She had a training aid in school that needed to be there for every task for which the girl was responsible and needed a homework aide to complete her assignments at night. She would get lost in the middle of a math equation and have to read the same line four times or more. If her parents told her to do something, they often needed to remind her multiple times before she got it done. She was frustrated and hesitant when introduced with the Cogmed program and initially resisted giving her best effort in training. But when her coach told her that it was up to her alone to put the work in and get the benefit out of the training, the girl began to take ownership over the program and flourished since, for the first time, she was able to work at something without a training aid. The girl worked hard at the program and saw significant improvements.

Key challenges:

  • Could not sit down and do her homework on her own – needed a homework aid
  • Had trouble staying focused through assignments
  • Would get lost in the middle of a math problem
  • Would read the same line over and over again
  • Needed an aid constantly in school
  • Could not remember information from the teacher long enough write them down
  • Regularly needed to have instructions repeated to her 4-5 times

Training outcomes:

  • Has matured since the training
  • Is much more motivated to take ownership over her work
  • Can finish what she starts and can to what she’s told
  • Is taking responsibility for her own duties
  • Has become more organized at home and at school
  • Was able to finish a summer reading assignment and retain the information all on her own
*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.