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Cogmed Working Memory Training

What is Working Memory?

Who can benefit from CWMT?

How do I get started?

Upgrade your Working Memory at home this summer!

Published research on CWMT

Insurance coverage for CWMT?

Further information

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What is Working Memory?  Why is a strong working memory important?

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind, focus on a task, and remember what to do next. It plays a major role in attention, concentration, reading comprehension, mental math, problem- solving and getting projects done in a timely way. More than an high IQ, a strong working memory is key for success in school and on the job. 

Working memory is often responsible for the gap between performance and potential.

Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT) is a do-it-at-home, computer-based program assisted by a qualified Cogmed coach. The goal is to improve attention by training working memory in children and adults.  No need for office visits. More than any other program that claims to improve working memory, CWMT is scientifically validated by placebo-controlled clinical studies published in respected professional journals with on-going research at several leading U.S. universities. View Key Research Findings!

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Who can benefit from CWMT?

Anyone ages 7 and up with a working memory deficit may benefit from CWMT. See the checklist. Some persons participate in CWMT simply to score higher on college admission tests or to enhance workplace performance.  Diagnoses often associated with working memory weaknesses include:
ADD ADHD - Cogmed Working Memory Training·       ADHD

·       learning disability

·       executive dysfunction

·       Asperger’s  Syndrome

·       Stroke

·       Head injury

·       Normal aging

The basic training consists of 25 training sessions of 35 minutes each done over 5 weeks. Your training is supervised by a clinician, Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, who is a qualified Cogmed coach.  The quality of the coaching is an integral to your success with CWMT. Rebecca is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist and author with over 20 years experience working with children and adults with working memory deficits and training teachers and psychologists about working memory. During the training period Rebecca will motivate you to do your best. She will also provide you with ways to enhance your working memory in everyday tasks over the course of the training period.

Included in your purchase are 100 Cogmed Extension Training sessions which allows you to further sharpen your acquired capacity. 

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The published research, which rivals any other working memory program and our experience has shown the CWMT improves:

·       Working memory capacity

·       Attention and concentration

·       Math and reading comprehension

·       Independence with homework

·       Self-esteem

·       Social skills, namely impulsivity and self control

The research also shows that CWMT correlates with increases in brain activity as noted in MRI studies, neuropsychological testing and observer reports.

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How do I get started?    

ADD ADHD Cogmed Working Memory Training 21)     Contact Rebecca for a free complimentary phone screening to see if CWMT is appropriate for you at (978) 287 0810 x117 or (978) 255 1817.

2)     Make an appointment for an initial interview with her. This is a 90 minute health and academic or work history intake, discussion about working memory and demonstration of the CWMT. This interview can take place at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury or at Rebecca’s office in West Newbury, MA.  After this interview we encourage users to go home and carefully consider whether CWMT is right for them.  

3)     The Start Up session is done by phone to discuss the training and coaching schedule, the software installation and the training website for the purpose of charting progress.

4)     You proceed with five weeks of training with weekly coaching calls. Once a week Rebecca will call you to discuss progress via the training web, answer questions, and make suggestions to help you get the most out of the training.  User support is always available.

5)     One month after you complete the 25 sessions, there is a wrap up session to discuss improvements in working memory noted so far. You have the option to obtain the 100 shorter extended training sessions. You will receive a written report of your training progress.

6)     Six months later there is a follow up phone interview to see what other improvements have been noted since the training. 

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Upgrade your Working Memory at home this summer!

Working Memory, the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking is the engine of learning. Cogmed training is for children and adults who wish to improve their ability to concentrate, reduce impulsivity and resist distraction. Reading Comprehension, problem solving, organization and mental math are just some of the working memory tasks we employ every day. Working memory weaknesses are common in persons with ADHD, executive dysfunction and head injury. However, Cogmed training can also benefit those without learning problems who seek an extra edge in optimizing their academic and professional potential. Researchers claim that intensive brain training can help stave off deteriorating effects of brain aging.

Cogmed training is backed by solid research that no other brain training product can match. An outstanding track record of strong and lasting effects in our thousands of trainees in America and around the world show that Cogmed training makes a real difference in people’s lives ( see www.cogmed.com). Cogmed training is done at the user’s home. Weekly or as needed coaching sessions by Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, speech pathologist and former Cogmed coach trainer, are provided by phone or Skype.

Contact Rebecca Shafir at 978 287 0810 or 978 255 1817 if you would like to learn more about Cogmed Working Memory Training for you or your child.  

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Insurance Coverage for CWMT?

CWMT is not a “medical intervention” and is typically not covered by health insurance, but you may be eligible for reimbursement for the initial/follow up interview and the report writing. Some flexible health spending accounts may reimburse for training. The Hallowell Center will provide you with a receipt with the proper codes and fees to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.  

Further questions?

Contact Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC at The Hallowell Center, 144 North Road (Rte 117)  #2450, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978 287 0810 x117 or 978 255 1817 or email her at RebeccaShafir@gmail.com .

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