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A European software program aimed at helping students with Attention Deficit Disorder is gaining popularity stateside, according to this Chicago Tribune story. "Cogmed Working Memory Training" uses a robot interface to deliver exercises that help improve working memory, which is used to assist in recalling directions, problem solving, controlling impulses, and paying attention, says its developer. “It pushes them but doesn’t frustrate them,” Cogmed-trained psychologist Alan Graham told the Tribune. The article mentions a Chicago third-grader who benefited from the program. “The way Becky remembers how things should be done has translated into math and spelling,” mother Debby told the Tribune. “Becky has also developed a tremendous sense of patience when taking a test.” A child’s parents and teacher complete questionnaires about the child’s symptoms before and after the intensive five-week training to help determine the effectiveness of the program. Graham told the Tribune: “We encourage teacher involvement.”

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I would like to here more about this program.

Hi Gwenevere,

To learn more about Cogmed, I would recommend going to the copmany's Web site at www.cogmed.com. You can find a practice in your state or region and call for more information.

You can also read a great interview with the scientific team behind the Cogmed program:

http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2006/09/25/working-memory-training-and-robomemo-interview-with-dr-torkel-klingberg/

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