Pearson Announces Upgrades to Evidence-Based Working Memory Training Program to Enhance Flexibility and Usability

11/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

NEW YORK – Nov. 17, 2014 As students across the nation settle into another school year, many face learning challenges or struggle to retain everything they are taught, making it difficult to succeed in the classroom. These difficulties may be the result of poor working memory, the ability to hold and manipulate information for a brief period of time.

Often referred to as the “engine of learning,” working memory underlies a student’s ability to focus and his or her capacity for learning. It is commonly impaired in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities, as well as in about 15 percent of all learners.

To help learners struggling with this challenge, Pearson today announced an update to its proven working memory training solution, Cogmed Working Memory Training, that makes it more user-friendly, flexible and comprehensive to better support the needs of educators and clinicians.

Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by leading neuroscientists that strengthens students’ working memory. Delivered to students via computer or tablet at school or at home with the assistance of a trained coach, Cogmed improves attention, behavior and capacity to learn in the vast majority of students who use the program. In fact, 80 percent of people who complete the Cogmed training program improve their working memory by an average of 30 percent.

Anita Grille, M.S., CCC-SLP/TSHH, speech pathologist at the Sag Harbor School District in New York, has been using Cogmed since 2010, primarily with elementary students with language impairments. Along with a colleague at the school, she has conducted 60 student trainings on Cogmed, seeing dramatic academic improvements in those who completed the program.

“Cogmed has been a critical intervention tool for our students who were found to have deficits in working memory, which is common among children with language impairments,” said Grille. “We have seen considerable progress in the areas of language, academics and attention in students who have used the program. And, in most cases, these gains were maintained over months and years. The new features will make the program even more flexible and robust, which will help contribute to more successful outcomes as a result of the Cogmed program.”

The Cogmed coaching center can now be delivered on iPad and Android devices, and in generally available variable training session protocols, including 50, 35 and 25 minutes, making it more flexible and user-friendly for certified coaches and their clients. New reporting capabilities at the district, school, classroom and student level will further improve implementation compliance and fidelity, and, as a result, enhance program efficacy.

Arthur Lavin, M.D. is a nationally-renowned pediatrician who has been in practice for over 20 years in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been implementing Cogmed in his practice with children and adolescents for more than eight years. During that time, he has seen significant benefits to patients who complete Cogmed.

“There are numerous interventions in the market that claim to help children and adults with working memory, retention and focus issues, but few of them have the research and proven success of Cogmed,” said Lavin. “With Cogmed, we can tell people that there is an 80 percent chance that their life will improve as a result of the training. I’ve seen children improve academically, socially and behaviorally as a direct result of the Cogmed program.”

For nearly a decade, rigorous scientific research has been conducted and published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as Science, Nature Neuroscience and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, demonstrating that Cogmed training is effective. No other brain-training product or attention-training method has Cogmed’s extensive foundation of research validation. It has been used successfully by thousands of educators and mental health professionals worldwide.

“Cogmed is differentiated from other cognitive training solutions that claim to help improve memory, because of its unmatched level of research supporting its efficacy and its network of education and healthcare professionals who are trained to deliver the program with fidelity," said Mark Yaphe, general manager, customer lifecycle, Pearson’s new business and innovation group. “Through Cogmed, children and adults are realizing significant, lasting gains in their ability to concentrate and stay on task, both in school and during other activities. It’s improved the lives of thousands of users.”

For more information on Cogmed, please visit www.cogmed.com.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Pearson’s clinical assessment group provides sensory, motor, and development instruments for occupational and physical therapists and related clinicians to help develop insights that support evaluations and shape treatment plans. For more information about Pearson’s clinical assessments, visit www.pearsonclinical.com.

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