Cogmed is the first significant psychological intervention in a decade created for children with attention problems

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a home-based program that helps children with attention problems by training and increasing their working memory capacity. Clinically proven results demonstrate that after training, children improve their ability to concentrate, control impulsive behavior and better utilize complex reasoning skills. In the end, better academic performance can be achieved especially in math and reading.

What is working memory?

We use working memory every day. It is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task and remember what to do next. With a working memory deficit, it is difficult to stay focused, ignore distractions, plan next steps, remember instructions, start and finish tasks. Studies show a deficit in working memory often leads to difficulties in school especially in reading comprehension and math.

Improving working memory can lead to better academic performance--

Most children with an attention problem also have a working memory deficit. That means they do not have the same working memory capacity as their peers. Backed by clinical evidence, Cogmed's program trains and improves a child's working memory. Post training evaluations show this helps kids perform better in school. To put it simply, increasing working memory capacity improves attention, which helps improve academic performance.

Comprehensive, home-based program--

Training takes place at home five days a week for five weeks. An office visit is not necessary. The software automatically increases in difficulty, gradually improving the child's abilities. Every participant has a Personal Coach at Child & Family Counseling Group who leads the training, analyzes results and provides encouragement through weekly phone calls.

Eight out of 10 children show measurable improvement--

Eighty percent of children who complete training show measurable improvement in attention and complex reasoning skills. Parents and teachers also report other benefits in daily life: improved communication skills, taking initiative, remembering things and completing tasks like homework assignments more independently. When asked one year after training to report on their experience, 79% of parents whose children had benefited from training reported effects had remained or increased.

Clinically proven results--

Cogmed's program, scientifically validated by placebo-controlled clinical studies published in respected professional journals, and there is on-going research at several leading universities.

Contact Dr. John Wires at Child & Family Counseling Group (703-352-3822) and visit Cogmed's website at for more information.