Melissa Huestis | 44 Newdegate Street, Greenslopes, 4120 | Tel: 0422 924 965 | melissa@ozemail.com.au

Working Memory Training

 

Working Memory is the ability to hold information in your mind for a short period of time and then using that information in your thinking, for example calculating in your mind the cost of items you are purchasing or following spoken directions. Working memory is essential for the tasks of daily life, to be able to block out distractions, focus on a task, getting to places on time, participate in group discussions, as examples.

 

Research has shown that working memory is a better predictor of academic success than the IQ. Children with poor working memories often struggle with difficulties such as: remembering an entire sentence to write down, spelling individual words, following teacher instructions, adding up maths problems, losing their place in tasks, doing homework independently, remembering what to bring to school. Often these difficulties can lead to students acting out in class.

Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based computer program for helping children, adolescents and adults sustainably improve attention by training their working memory.

 

Cogmed working memory training typically involves five weeks of daily training using an internet based program. Training takes 30 – 60 minutes per day, for 25 sessions. Families are supported with initial and follow-up consultations, as well as weekly coach meetings or phone calls.

 

Melissa has supported people in the improvement of their working memory since 2012 as a registered Cogmed Coach. She provides Working Memory pre and post testing and supports the completion of the Cogmed program. Melissa has witnessed the significant improvements in academic, effort and behaviour outcomes for young people completing working memory training in the school system. Melissa is passionate about unlocking learning potential through supporting the improvement of working memory.

 

Melissa presented at the Pearson Working Memory Conference in August 2015 on her experiences with unlocking learning potential through working memory training, sharing data collected over the previous three years.

 

For more information about working memory and the Cogmed program, visit http://www.cogmed.com/about-working-memory.

 

Cogmed Coaching fees are available on request. These fees cover:

  • Initial interview

  • Access to the Cogmed program

  • Weekly coaching sessions

  • Access to extension training sessions

  • Wrap up session

  • Six month follow-up

 

Working memory testing is available for an additional fee. Testing is conducted prior to completing Cogmed and three months after completing Cogmed. The Automated Working Memory Assessment (AWMA) is used.