Cogmed Newsletter #6, December 2007

Parents, teachers and doctors are discovering the importance of executive function
Is your kid smarter than his grades indicate?
For years parents, teachers and even kids have been puzzled by grades that don’t seem to match up to intelligence.

Today, prompted by recent scientific insights into the human brain, many parents and teachers are discovering that some children—even very intelligent children—are underachieving in school because they have problems with executive function.

Executive what?
Executive function is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of essential brain functions that together allow us to prioritize activities, sustain attention and mentally manipulate information.

Identifying and addressing executive function problems in your child
A Q&A with Dr. Tarnow
Jay Tarnow, M.D., is the founder and director of the Tarnow Center for Self Management based in Houston. He has been treating children and adults with attention deficits and learning disorders for more than 30 years.

How do executive function problems affect children?
The development of executive functioning occurs throughout a child’s life. The aspects of dysfunction that you see in ADHD and kids with attention problems are that these kids as adolescents and adults have problems with prioritizing, organizing, and being able to keep track of their things. They lose things. They have difficulty with time management. They have difficulty in controlling and managing their emotions.
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Cogmed unveils working memory training program for adults – Cogmed QM
Attention issues are a lifelong condition for many people. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports that almost 50 percent of children with ADHD still have symptoms that require treatment in adulthood. For those with milder, but still significant attention challenges, the problems also often persist, going from school problems to professional obstacles.

Cogmed Working Memory Training has been used by adults for several years with great success. And research shows that adults of all ages can improve their working memory capacity by an average 20 percent through the Cogmed program.
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Research update:

Harvard tests Cogmed in Boston schools, concludes program can stimulate skills critical to mental health, cognitive development and academic achievement
A new pilot study led by Harvard and Children’s Hospital Boston took Cogmed Working Memory Training into the classrooms of Boston public schools. The result was a promising conclusion that working memory training “offers the possibility of stimulating cognitive skills that are critical to mental health, to cognitive development and academic achievement.”
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Study confirms Cogmed results are lasting
A recent open label study conducted by Dr. Steven Bozylinski, Cogmed qualified practitioner and director of the ADHD Clinic of Southern California, demonstrates the effectiveness of Cogmed Working Memory Training in sustainably improving executive functioning and attention. The study found that significant improvements in working memory, mental stamina and inhibition and significant decreases in ADHD symptoms remained six to eight months after the training.
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Cogmed update:

Cogmed RM “aka RoboMemo”—Cogmed’s flagship program—now updated
Cogmed is pleased to unveil the updated version of RoboMemo—now called Cogmed RM. The software for children with attention problems now features four brand new exercises specifically designed to stretch the user’s working memory. The new exercises provide more advanced working memory training for children and feature a variety of exciting game-like themes.