Cogmed, a five-week program designed to improve working memory, helped produce promising symptom improvements in ADD/ADHD children in a recent study.
A controlled trial of the efficacy of Cogmed, a five-week program designed to improve working memory, conducted at Ohio State University found that the software helped with some of the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Parents and teachers were asked to give feedback about participating children at the beginning of the study, immediately following the trial, and four months later. Parents’ findings -- that Cogmed helped with inattention, overall ADD/ADHD symptoms, planning and organizing, and working memory -- were statistically significant; teachers’ ratings indicated improvement but were not statistically significant. Findings of the study, which included 52 students ages 7 to 17 (all with ADD/ADHD and other comorbidities), were published in the November/December 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.
In Depth: How Cogmed Working-Memory Training Works