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  • Cogmed Working Memory Training with ADHD and WM Deficits

    Presenter: Peter C Entwistle, PhD, Charles Shinaver, PhD

    This webinar denotes a more differentiated consideration of reasonable expectations for the effects of Cogmed on children with ADHD and those who are designated to have working memory deficits. While ADHD predominantly inattentive type presents similarly in patients as those with working memory deficits. Those with working memory deficits would still be considered have less severe deficits than those with ADHD.

    Drs. Shinaver and Entwistle originally argued for evaluating Cogmed effects in light of consideration of the severity of disorder (considering the different ‘presentations of ADHD’ and arguing that combined ADHD is a more severe disorder than ADHD inattentive type) and comorbidity as well as controlling for medication in the journal article: “Cogmed Working Memory Training: Reviewing the reviews”, published in Applied Neuropsychological Child in 2014. In that article they concluded that there was evidence that Cogmed has significant impact upon visual-spatial and verbal working memory and that these effects generalized to improved sustained attention up to 6 months. In this webinar they will further distinguish between ADHD and working memory deficits.

    Additionally, they argued that there were some promising studies for improvements in academic abilities but that more controlled studies were needed before we could make strong and specific claims on this topic. The recently published study: “Predictor and Moderators of Treatment Outcome in Cognitive Training for Children with ADHD” by van der Donk, et al., (2016) tested those arguments empirically. Drs. Shinaver and Entwistle will review this study with some detail along with other salient Cogmed-specific data to update the empirical status of the position they argued in 2014.

    Date: Oct 13, 2016 - Time: 02:00 PM EDT