To improve weaknesses in processing speed, long-term memory, and executive function; regarding speed, target ability to process (integration) and produce outputs; regarding long-term memory, target ability to accurate store and retrieve information reliably in order to help her academically; regarding executive function, target weaknesses in initiation, motivation, time management, organization and planning, and self-monitoring.
Maura is a young teen with a cerebral palsy diagnosis. Prior to beginning her COGx program, Maura’s experience with learning was constant frustration and failure. As a result, Maura struggled with anxiety and poor habits surrounding her executive functioning weakness. Both of these factors fostered a sense of learned helplessness that greatly affected Maura’s progress in the first half of her program. For example, It was difficult to address processing speed and long-term memory when Maura’s anxiety would enter as a “pollutant” and sabotage her progress, but this created a catch-22 as these weak skills were the primary culprits for her anxiety.