Do you or your child:

  • Seem not to listen to instructions
  • Is easily distracted
  • After two instructions already forgets the first one
  • Has difficulty starting with a task
  • Often asks “What do I have to do?”
  • Stops with a task that is halfway done
  • Usually the last one to finish a task
  • Find that memory is deteriorating

If you answer Yes to any of the questions, it is likely that you are having challenges in Working Memory.

There is now a new program that address these challenges, Cogmed Working Memory Training®. Cogmed Working Memory Training® is a computer-based intervention that is aimed at improving working memory. Working memory is the cognitive function responsible for keeping information in your mind, manipulating it, and using it in your thinking. This training is suitable for children and adults struggling with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms, learning difficulties, cognitive deficiency, memory deterioration, stroke and brain injuries. The standard Cogmed training consists of 25 training sessions done online, each 30-45 minutes long, for five weeks with five sessions every week. Variations to that protocol are also available with different versions for toddlers, school-aged children and adults. Each session consists of a selection of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training is done online at home, in school, or at work. Cogmed uses a coach-driven model. The online reporting system allows you to track your or your child’s performance on Cogmed anytime you want. You can look at the Cogmed Progress Indicator (CPI) to see your or your child’s success in the areas of working memory, following instructions, and mathematics. Plus, your personal Cogmed coach will check in weekly to make sure you are on track.

In more than 50 published, peer-reviewed studies done on Cogmed indicated that the training improves Working Memory for 8 out of 10 people. Cogmed delivers substantial and lasting results that have real-life applications. Many users tell us this often translates into better interpersonal relationships at home and school, improved performance, and more self-awareness and confidence.

If you are interested in Cogmed, you can go online to and book an initial session with Dr Marthe van der Donk. Dr. Marthe van der Donk is a Psychologist from the Netherlands. She has a Doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology and specialises in children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with cognitive problems such as staying focused, planning and organizing or working memory failure. She is the only certified Cogmed coach in Singapore. In this initial session, she will conduct a short interview, do a quick assessment of their working memory and cognitive functioning, and give a demonstration of the program. We can then determine whether to proceed with the training.

Ms Ho Shee Wai
Director/Registered Psychologist
The Counselling Place