Cogmed in Denver

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The Best of Denver’s ADHD Specialists Offers Cogmed to his Clients

Lawrence S. Allen, Ed.D.

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Dr. Lawrence Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with learning differences, attentional issues and emotional/behavioral difficulties. He has been in private practice for over twenty five years. Dr. Allen has been featured in professional journals, magazine articles, TV programs and has done research in the field of learning and memory. He has spoken to a variety of audiences including parents, schools and professionals.

Dr. Allen is currently on the medical staff of Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He was on the professional advisory board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Colorado, is a clinical supervisor at the University of Denver’s professional psychology program and serves as a consultant to several private schools in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition, Dr. Allen is a member of the APA, CPA and the Association for the Advancement of Psychology.

Pamela Allen, M.A. is a certified special education teacher whose focus has been evaluating and treating children with learning and language differences, attention deficits, and emotional/behavioral concerns. She served as an Educational Consultant in the public schools for over twenty years and in addition, has done private educational evaluations. Ms. Allen has currently trained as a Cogmed Coach and is a volunteer for the Mizel Museum in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Allen and his wife, Pamela are the parents of two adult children.

Contact: Dr. Lawrence Allen, Pamela A. Allen

Address:
1777 S. Harrison Street, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80210

Phone: (303) 300-6564

Email: drlallen@gmail.com
Website: www.drlawrenceallen.com

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Cogmed and Aging

Cogmed training and coaching: Improving cognitive symptoms and quality of life in aging adults

Research institution: Mercer University

Researchers: Hyer, L., Atkinson, M.M., Dhabliwala, J., Scoggins, C., and Yeager, C.

Training program used in research: Cogmed QM

Status: Poster presented at 2009 meeting of National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). This study is still ongoing.

Overview
To date, cognitive rehabilitation (CR) has not been systematically assessed in various forms of cognitive impairment in older adults as a means of enhancing well being and functioning. While the bulk of studies have addressed normal aging, little effort has been given to age associated memory impairment (AAMI), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or mild dementia. However, the researchers at Georgia Neurosurgical Institute and Mercer School of Medicine believe that the standard care of older adults with AAMI, MCI or dementia can be improved through CR and caregiver involvement (see Hyer, 2007). Positive changes in cognitive functioning are critical to having a beneficial impact on quality of life, functioning and neuropsychiatric symptoms (mood and anxiety symptoms). Thus, this team feels that it is vital to investigate whether combining a CR program with caregiver coaching will improve outcomes (quality of life, neuropsychiatric symptoms and patient and caregiver adjustment) in older adults with memory deficits.

In order to assess two aspects of patient care, cognition and psychosocial support, these researchers are assessing how Cogmed and its coaching model impact aging adults with AAMI, MCI and mild dementia. Patients train with either the adaptive version of Cogmed (treatment group) or the non-adaptive version of Cogmed (control group) for 25 sessions over two months. It is hypothesized that not only will patients who receive the adaptive training improve but also, that the coaching involved in the training program will strengthen caregiver-patient interactions and contribute to patient quality of life and symptom experience.

Dr. James Cayton-Counseling Psychologist

Cogmed-A New Treatment for Working Memory

Working memory has long been  identified as being one of the most important components of memory-perhaps even the most important form of memory. We have to attend to information, to hold it and process it and to formulate a response.  When it works well we may not realize how briefly and quickly it all happened. Working Memory is so important that on the most widely used tests of intelligence and memory, it is measured separately on both!

If you are experiencing challenges on a daily basis with:

  • Managing time
  • Screening out distractions
  • More complex thinking
  • Prioritizing and organizing activities
  • Focusing, especially under pressure
  • Starting and completing tasks on schedule

You may be able to improve your performance on a lasting basis.  Some psychologists have referred to working memory as being the “search engines” of our minds because it helps us find memories and retrieve information. …

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Qualified Practices | Colorado

Qualified Practices | Colorado.

Cogmed: Some satisfied, and some unsatisfied users

http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/community/discussion.gs?content=53307

Complaints that Cogmed providers and coaches are not disclosing that they make a profit from recommending this treatment are relevant and important!  Hopefully, there are few professionals out there who would gouge their customers/patients or prey on them due to their troubles. Be a good consumer!!  Always shop around (whether it is for a new shirt, medical or psychological treatment, or a new pair of shoes) and remember that prices are not set in stone.  The providers are determining cost based on the market, and it never hurts to ask for a discount or reduced price.  The worst that can happen is that they’ll say “no.”

Endorsements from users:

It seems to have had positive effects that are significant enough that I think it was worth the time and money.

Used at Universities…

From the NC State website:

A. Cogmed Working Memory Training is a home-based program that helps children and adults with attention problems by training and increasing their working memory capacity, thus resulting in improved ability to follow directions, compete tasks, refrain from becoming distracted, and in general, function more independently. 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.

It is a comprehensive, home-based program. Through active engaging exercises, children (and adults) train at home five days a week for five weeks. An office visit is not necessary. The software automatically increases in difficulty, improving attention abilities. Every participant has a personal coach who leads the training, analyzes results, and provide encouragement through weekly phone calls. Two versions are available, one for children and adolescents, and one for adults. A preschool version is also available.

Q. What is working memory?

A. Working memory is a function of the brain that helps to temporarily store and manage the information required to carry out complex competitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. Working memory keeps information in the mind for a short time, typically for a few seconds, in order to use that information for thinking. In daily life, we use working memory for a number of tasks such as remembering instructions, solving problems, controlling impulses, and focusing attention. These are the activities that typically plague individuals with attention deficits.

Q. What are the signs of weak working memory?

  • Problems focusing
  • Distractibility
  • Difficulties starting and finishing tasks
  • Forgetting instructions

Q. What are the benefits of training working memory?

  • Improved ability to sustain attention
  • Improves impulse control
  • Better complex reasoning skills
  • Better academic performance
  • Parents and teachers also report other benefits in daily life:
    • improved social skills
    • taking initiative
    • remembering things
    • 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.

Q. What does research show?

Research has established an important connection between working memory, attention, and school work. Most children with an attention problem also have working memory deficit. That means they don’t have the same working memory capacity as their peers. Increasing working memory capacity improves attention which helps improve academic performance.

Published, peer-reviewed, and controlled clinical studies have demonstrated that, upon completion of Cogmed Working Memory Training, 80% of participants have significantly improved their ability to concentrate and use complex reasoning skills over the long term. Cogmed Working Memory Training is scientifically validated by placebo-controlled clinical studies published in respected professional journals, and there is an on-going research at several leading U.S. universities. New research suggests positive results for normally-aging adults as well.

Q. How can I get more information?

Great Reviews

What You Need to Know About Cogmed Working-Memory Training

Much more than a brain-building gizmo, this software is serious business—reducing inattention and hyperactivity and improving memory in children with ADHD.

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/3430.html

 

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