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COGMED Working Memory and Attention Training

What is Cogmed?

  • A five-week program to train working memory and attention
  • Improves fluid intelligence, reading comprehension, and math competence
  • Proven effective by over 40 independent research studies at leading universities around the world
  • Computer-based training could be done remotely in the comfort of your home
  • Cogmed is the only training program approved by US and Canadian psychologists for ADHD memory training

Who can benefit from Cogmed?

  • Children (RM and JM Module) and adults (QM Module)
  • Individuals who have difficulty concentrating, ignoring irrelevant information, holding several chunks of information in mind, planning and organizing, and getting started and staying on task
  • Seniors wishing so stay sharp
  • Children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or working memory deficits due to a learning disability

Please see this video for a brief introduction of Cogmed:


Cogmed training is only available through professional channels and is delivered through a worldwide network of Qualified Cogmed Practices. The training consists of the following phases:

Initial Interview - We schedule a session with the person interested in going through the program (or the parent if it is a child)to evaluate how he or she might benefit from the training.

Start-up session - We plan and structure the training together with the participant/ family.

Five weeks of training with weekly coach calls - The participant trains at home, progressing through five 30-45 minute sessions each week. The Cogmed Coach talks to the participant on a weekly basis to provide advice on how to get the most out of the training, give feedback, and motivate progress.

Access to the Cogmed Training Web - Both the user and the Cogmed Coach review and monitor the results of each day's training, using our online system.

Wrap-up session - One month after the training is complete, we summarize the training with the participant and provide feedback data from the Cogmed rating scales.

Six month follow-up interview - We re-evaluate the effects of the training, now that more time has elapsed and the effects have fully emerged.

Cogmed Extension Training - The user gets access to 100 sessions of training with the software, to use over a 12- month period following the completion of the five-week training period.Cogmed Extension Training is optional.

Please see video below for life demonstration of Cogmed RM (school age) training process:

This video shows the training process for Cogmed QM (adults):


As a major COGMED provider in Canada, we are able to offer the training at 35% less than average cost in Canada and at 50% less than average training cost in USA


Remote Clients

For individuals located far from our office, we are able to conduct the initial interview, setup, and weekly monitoring sessions over the phone or video conference. We offer Cogmed memory training to children and adults in Canada and the United States.


More about Cogmed

Cogmed is offered for school-age children (RM module) and adults (QM module). It has been effectively used with the general population as well as in individuals with ADHD, working memory deficits due to learning disability, cochlear implants, stroke, acquired brain injury, etc. If you or your child have difficulty concentrating, ignoring irrelevant information, holding several chunks of information in mind, planning and organizing, getting started and staying on task, then Cogmed training can be helpful in resolving these issues. We have many years of experience working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and memory training has proven to be especially effective for ADHD children and young adults.

Research indicates that among the children and adults who complete Cogmed Working Memory Training 80% experience significant improvements in their working memory and attention, which often reflects in their academic and professional performance. Cogmed is a proven working memory training system and its effectiveness is backed by over 30 independent, controlled research studies done at leading universities around the world.

Several empirical studies suggest that Cogmed-induced increases in working memory capacity can also be accompanied by improvements in fluid intelligence ([Jaeggi et al., 2008], [Jaeggi et al., 2011] and [Klingberg et al., 2005]), reading comprehension ([Chein and Morrison, 2010] and [Dahlin, 2010]), math competence [Holmes, Gathercole, & Dunning, 2009], and ADHD symptoms ( [Gibson et al., 2011], [Holmes et al., 2010] and [Klingberg et al., 2005]).

The training is only available through professional channels and is delivered through a worldwide network of Qualified Cogmed Practices. The training is always led by a Cogmed Qualified Coach who works with the user to structure training and ensure the proper use of the program to achieve the best possible results. The training is supervised by a Qualified Assurance Person (a psychologist or psychiatrist) who determines the suitability of the training for each client and ensures adherence to the guidelines.

The Cogmed training method consists of 25 computerized training sessions, each 30-45 minutes long. Each session consists of a selection of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training is done on a computer with the assistance of a Training Aid (for children) and a Cogmed Coach. The training program is five weeks long with five sessions every week. During training, the user's performance is tracked online and can be viewed by the user and his/her Cogmed Coach who communicates with the user throughout the five weeks to assist him/her through the program. It is a rigorous and effective program designed to improve working memory through intensive and systematic training.

Cogmed course was built in collaboration with professional game developers, so it combines cognitive neuroscience with educational computer game approach. All tasks are organized as series of video game episodes focusing on different aspects of working memory.

The program is both challenging and rewarding. For the best possible training effects, sustained effort and rigorous adherence to the guidelines are necessary. The Cogmed network of professionals has a proven track record of providing clients with excellent support and results. Please contact our office if you have any further inquiries about the program.


We strongly recommend reading this document before you finalize your decision regarding Cogmed training

Dr. Tali Shenfield, Toronto ON.

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