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  • Language Learners and Cogmed: Why Working Memory Training is Relevant

    Presenter: Peter C Entwistle, Ph.D. & Charles Shinaver, Ph.D.

    Utilizing Cogmed with language learners is considered a more innovative and cutting edge approach. This webinar will establish the conceptual framework for the relevance of working memory training by differentiating between working memory, short term memory and long term memory. We will establish why working memory is important for ELL. A limited working memory can impeded the process of skill acquisition in ADHD and we argue possibly in the case of English Language Learning. We will discuss how poor WM affects skill acquisition and the developmental trajectory in children with ADHD. We will posit the possibility of a similar risk for English Language Learners who are limited by their working memory capacity in the acquisition of English. Although this is an exploratory webinar there are 2 Cogmed-specific studies that are relevant. Holmes et al., (2015) research focused upon using Cogmed with students identified with low language abilities. Additionally, new data out of Japan (Hyashi, et al., 2015) included English Language learners who completed Cogmed alone, those who finished Cogmed and then took an English language learning program and a control group. This intriguing approach of complementing Cogmed with an intervention after its completion is an approach we have suggested for a number of years which we have called “Cogmed Plus”.

    Date: May 18, 2016 - Time: 02:00 PM EDT