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Services Provided

  • Provider for Cogmed Working Memory Training. (See below.)
  • Assessment of ADHD in children and adults, as well as development and coordination of a multimodality treatment plan tailored to each individual's needs.
  • Diagnosis and educational planning for Learning Disabilities in children and adults.
  • Psychological evaluations.
  • Individual, marriage and family therapy.
  • Relationship and communication skills.
  • Parenting skills.
  • Stress management.
  • Help for addictions such as sexual acting out, pornography, and control or power issues.
  • Anger management.
  • Cognitive behavioral approach to overcoming depression and anxiety.
  • Identification and intervention for Asperger's Disorder, including instruction in social skills.
  • Follow-up treatment for children with special needs, including pro-social skills, anger management, divorce recovery, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and victims of abuse.

Counseling for children is concerned with understanding and treating the emotional and behavioral problems of children and adolescents. These problems can arise from many causes, such as: the divorce of parents, learning challenges, family conflicts, abuse, physical injuries, moving to a new place, or a frightening experience.

Stress and anxiety in children can show up in many ways. Some typical symptoms are: bed wetting, nail-biting, excessive body aches and pains, sleep disturbances, extreme fears, tantrums, withdrawal, school failure, hyperactivity, excessive aggression or shyness, and a range of other emotional or behavioral disturbances.

(click here for more information on worry and anxiety in children.)

Treatment approaches can include:

  • Individual therapy for children with emotional or behavioral problems
  • Family therapy for a variety of problems which result from strained family interactions
  • Social skills training
  • Classroom, academic, and playground strategies

Cogmed Working Memory Training

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a software-based intervention designed to improve working memory in children with attention deficits. Through active and engaging exercises, children train at home five days a week for five weeks. Every participant has a Personal Coach at a Cogmed Qualified Practice who leads the training, analyzes results and provides encouragement through weekly phone calls.

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a proven software-based program designed for children with attention deficits. 80% of participants have significantly improved their ability to concentrate and use problem solving skills after training.

Research details can be found at www.cogmed.com.

"Click on this link to see a video about Cogmed

Basic Training Includes:


• Interview – Training is preceeded by an interview with a parent (can be carried out over the phone) during which the child's specific difficulties are assessed. The likelihood of him/her benefiting from the training is evaluated.

• Start-up session – This gets the child and the training aide off to a good start.

• Five-week training with coaching sessions – The coach follows the results of the training over the Internet. Every week the coach discusses the results and developments with the training aide in a coaching session.

• Wrap-up session – When the course has been completed, the coach makes an evaluation with the child and the training aide and produces a training report. If the training aide is someone other than a parent, then a parent will also be included in the evaluation session.


• Follow-up – Five to six months after the conclusion of training, the coach calls the family to follow up on long-term progress.

About RoboMemo


The Working Memory Training program is built around a software application called RoboMemo. It requires participation for approximately 30 minutes every weekday for five weeks. The software guides the child through 8 rotating exercises each day. These exercises are designed to train both the visuo-spatial and verbal working memory. Each day the exercises become more difficult, as the child’s ability to handle them improves.

To help parents motivate their children and provide them with feedback, the program includes support from a personal coach at a Cogmed Qualified Practice.

Aside from a home computer with an internet connection and speakers, no additional accessories are required. 

An adult version of the program is also available.

RoboMemo:

- Proven program for improving working memory
- Designed for children
- Optional racing game at the end
- Runs on a PC with an Internet connection

Benefits of Cogmed Working Memory Training

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a home-based program that helps children with attention problems by training and increasing their working memory capacity. Clinically-proven results demonstrate that after training, children improve their ability to concentrate, control impulsive behavior and better utilize complex reasoning skills. In the end, better academic performance can be achieved especially in math and reading.

Improved Working Memory Can Lead to Better Academic Performance 


Most children with an attention problem also have a working memory deficit. That means they don’t have the same working memory capacity as their peers. Our program, backed by clinical evidence, is proven to train and improve a child’s working memory. Post training evaluations show this helps kids perform better in school. To put it simply, increasing working memory capacity improves attention and helps improve academic performance.
 
Key program benefits


- Improved ability to sustain attention
- Improved impulse control
- Better complex reasoning skills
- Better academic performance

Eight Out of Ten Children Show Measurable Improvement


Eighty percent of children who complete training show measurable improvement in attention and complex reasoning skills. Parents and teachers also report other benefits in daily life: improved social skills, taking initiative, remembering things and completing tasks like homework assignments more independently. When asked one year after training to report on their experience, 79% of parents whose children had benefited from training reported effects had remained or increased.
 
Clinically Proven Results


Our specific program is scientifically validated by clinical studies published in respected professional journals. There is on-going research at universities such as Harvard (Children’s Hospital Boston), Stanford and Notre Dame.

What is Working Memory?


We use working memory every day. It is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task and remember what to do next. With a working memory deficit, it is difficult to stay focused, plan next steps, remember instructions, start and finish activities. Studies show a deficit in working memory often leads to difficulties in reading comprehension and math.

Signs of Working Memory Deficits


- Problems focusing
- Easily distracted
- Difficulties starting and finishing tasks
- Forgetting instructions

For more information, Call Dr. Martin at 425-999-6285. You can also get more information at www.cogmed.com.

Important notice: Cogmed Working Memory Training is not intended to be a substitute for a health care provider's consultation or a substitute for medication that a doctor may have prescribed. Scientific research with respect to Cogmed Working Memory Training has evidenced strong improvement effects. Even so, the effects or results in individual cases and for a specific user can never be guaranteed and results may vary.

 

Office Hours for Dr. Martin

Monday 7:30am to 3:00pm

Tuesday through Thursday 9:30am to 5:00pm

Insurance

Many insurance plans are accepted.

Check with your insurance company to see if Dr. Martin is a listed provider. If he is not a provider, you can also ask about "out of network benefits".

Some, but not all, insurance plans cover psychological services. If you have any questions, contact your insurance carrier. Also make sure you have obtained the necessary authorization or referral for treatment.

Medical coupons and Medicare are not accepted.

Fees

 

The standard fees are $240 for the initial session and $190 per session thereafter. The standard session is 50 minutes. Payment is requested at the end of each contact unless other arrangements are made in advance, or as stipulated by contract with your insurance carrier.

Also, charges may be made for procedures which are not covered by most insurance policies, including marital counseling, test supplies, questionnaires, inventories, test scoring and interpretation, report preparation, extended phone calls, sessions where the identified client is not present, and missed appointments.

Reports:   Psychological, learning problems, attention deficit, and parenting plan evaluations will often include reports and letters. There will be charges for these services based on the time devoted to each activity. Most reports are $570 to $760 in addition to the time required for the actual evaluation or testing.