After her son completed the Cogmed Working Memory Training program here, a mother shared their story with Child and Family Development:
A few years ago, my son was diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD. His grades were non-existent, as he forgot or refused to do his work. His behavior was spotty at best, and when frustrated would have frequent tantrums and loud outbursts. He was on several stimulant and non stimulant medications to try to help him control his attention, outburst, and impulsive behavior. None worked. Even with medication, he was a short tempered, short focused mess. The last straw was when the medicine he was taking caused him to faint on a waterslide. Imagine my horror! Was there nothing that would help my child that won’t make him a zombie or cause other risky side effects?
In a final effort, we reached out to Dr. Joy Granetz. She recommended a program that did not involve medication that would improve his attention, behavior, and memory. This was too good to be true! We knew we had to try this Cogmed program.
The Cogmed program was easy to install, and my son loved the exercises and rewards at the end of the day. While not every day was “fun”, weekly phone conferences between him and Dr Granetz made him feel in control and a part of the process, while the reward system motivated him to continue. Even when we had to go out of state unexpectedly, we were able to take the Cogmed program with us and use it on the road, wherever an internet was available. This made it easy to stay on task, and complete the sessions on schedule. Five week flew by quickly, and for the first time my son enjoyed the since of accomplishment from following through a program from beginning to end.
Now, 2 months later, the difference is staggering! He no longer has outbursts in groups. He is able to carry a conversation and finish a task without forgetting one or the other. He no longer gets frustrated easily, but stays focused works through problems. His grades improved from straight Fs to close to honor roll! The best is teachers and leaders comments on how well behaved he is and how he is a joy to be around.
The Cogmed program has changed my son from a troubled child to a terrific kid. Even after the program is finished, I still continue to see improvements on how he sees, interacts and handles the world around him. This program not only helped a little boy, but a whole family. Thank you, Cogmed and Dr Granetz, for finding a non-medicinal way to help us and give us our happy, healthy son back to us.
For more information about Cogmed Working Memory Training, visit their website, www.cogmed.com, To learn if this program is right for your child, contact our South Charlotte office at 704-541-9080 to schedule an Intake appointment.