Improving working memory in an ADHD teenager?
October 12, 2007 4:19 AM   Subscribe

Ways to improve working memory in humans that doesn't cost a whole chunk of money?

I am the father of an 15-year-old girl who's ADHD, as are her parents. My daughter is one of those kids the school system doesn't quite get: She's both gifted and impaired. It has been a real struggle to get the school system to meet her needs up to last year when she entered Carver Center. They do get it. Still, there are aspects of her impairment that I think need to be addressed in a more direct manner.

It's been my understanding that working memory can be improved by various methods, at least according to various papers I've seen via the Web. What I'm looking for is the most effective methodolgy for use by an ADHD teenager.
posted by Fferret to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
How about a Nintendo DS and both Brain Age games. While it's $200, it's also pretty rigorous mental awakening/concentration training guised as quick paced trivial games. It's something she can do on her own in free moments -- and you can review her progress at any time.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:44 AM on October 12, 2007

So, I've been working on doing the same thing, but for a different reason. This is not likely to be that helpful, but what I do is take walks and try to do problems in my head (I'm a math student). Not having a pen and paper in front of me forces me to try to hold all the concepts in my head at once. It's slowly working.
posted by number9dream at 10:46 AM on October 12, 2007

posted by ikkyu2 at 12:43 PM on October 12, 2007

What about playing Memory (the game)? As my brother and I got older, we combined multiple versions of the game to create "Super Memory". We both had ADD, but I'm not a child development expert.
posted by B-squared at 7:15 AM on October 13, 2007

Best answer: As it happens, I think I've found my own answer: This site does a pretty good job of researching this, and I've decided to go with the Mindfit software, since it's cheap, trackable, and not dependant on a therapist to monitor. Wish us luck, folks.
posted by Fferret at 11:12 AM on October 17, 2007

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