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How Cogmed Enhances Working Memory

Unlocking Potential:

How Cogmed Enhances Working Memory for Improved Performance in School, Work, and Daily Life at Lotus Psychology Practice

Working memory plays a critical role in our ability to process and retain information, make decisions, and accomplish tasks efficiently. For individuals facing challenges related to ADHD, learning difficulties, dyslexia, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and post-cancer treatments, working memory deficits can significantly impact their academic, professional, and daily lives. Lotus Psychology Practice recognizes the importance of working memory and utilizes Cogmed, a cognitive training program, to help individuals improve their working memory capacity and unleash their full potential. In this blog, we will explore working memory, the benefits of enhancing it, and how Cogmed contributes to positive outcomes for children and adults facing cognitive challenges.

Understanding Working Memory

Working memory refers to the cognitive system responsible for temporarily holding and manipulating information during complex tasks. It enables us to process information, retain relevant details, and use them to make decisions or solve problems. Working memory plays a crucial role in various cognitive processes such as attention control, cognitive flexibility, and learning new information.

 

Challenges Stemming from Working Memory Deficits

Individuals with working memory deficits often experience difficulties in various areas of their lives. In academic settings, they may struggle to concentrate, follow instructions, organize their thoughts, and complete assignments. In the workplace, reduced working memory capacity can impact productivity, task management, and decision-making abilities. Additionally, daily activities that require remembering instructions, multitasking, and problem-solving can pose challenges for individuals with working memory deficits.

The Benefits of Improving Working Memory

Enhancing working memory capacity can have transformative effects on individuals’ lives, enabling them to overcome cognitive challenges and reach their full potential:

  1. Academic Success: Improved working memory capacity aids in information retention, comprehension, and problem-solving, leading to better academic performance. Students with enhanced working memory are better equipped to follow lectures, complete assignments, and demonstrate their knowledge effectively.
  2. Professional Advancement: In the workplace, strong working memory skills contribute to improved task management, decision-making, and problem-solving abilities. Enhanced working memory capacity allows individuals to handle complex projects, stay organized, and meet deadlines more efficiently.
  3. Daily Functioning: Improved working memory facilitates better attention control, cognitive flexibility, and mental agility, making daily tasks more manageable. Individuals can follow instructions, juggle multiple tasks, remember details, and adapt to new situations with greater ease.
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Cogmed: Empowering Cognitive Transformation

Lotus Psychology Practice employs Cogmed, a scientifically validated cognitive training program, to enhance working memory capacity and support individuals in overcoming cognitive challenges. Cogmed utilizes adaptive training exercises designed to challenge and gradually expand an individual’s working memory abilities.

During Cogmed training, participants engage in computer-based tasks that target various aspects of working memory. The program adjusts the difficulty level in real-time to ensure optimal challenge and improvement. Cogmed training is intensive and typically lasts for several weeks, with regular monitoring and support from trained professionals at Lotus Psychology Practice.

While there are thousands of therapists out there, I don’t think any have her care or are so dedicated to helping others create a life worth living. Therapy sessions are comforting and she is so easy to talk to – it feels like confiding in a friend. In the past few years of working together, Dr. Rimler has helped me in ways I never thought possible and anyone would be lucky to work with her.

Benefits of Cogmed Training

Cogmed training has been proven effective in numerous research studies and has demonstrated positive outcomes for individuals with working memory deficits. The benefits of Cogmed include:

  1. Improved Working Memory Capacity: Cogmed enhances working memory abilities, allowing individuals to process and retain information more effectively.
  2. Enhanced Attention and Concentration: By training working memory, Cogmed indirectly improves attention control and concentration, supporting better focus and sustained attention.
  3. Academic and Professional Success: With increased working memory capacity, individuals experience improved academic and professional performance, as they can better manage complex tasks, follow instructions, and solve problems efficiently.
  4. Transferable Skills: The cognitive gains achieved through Cogmed training can extend beyond working memory, benefiting other cognitive processes such as attention, reasoning, and problem-solving.

Working memory is a crucial cognitive function that influences various aspects of our lives, including academic success, professional performance, and daily functioning. For individuals facing challenges associated with ADHD, learning difficulties, dyslexia, TBI’s, and post-cancer treatments, working memory deficits can hinder their progress and well-being.

Lotus Psychology Practice recognizes the transformative power of working memory improvement and utilizes Cogmed, a cognitive training program, to empower individuals to enhance their working memory capacity. By targeting working memory deficits, Cogmed helps individuals overcome cognitive challenges and unlock their full potential, leading to improved academic success, professional advancement, and enhanced daily functioning. Through the dedicated support of professionals at Lotus Psychology Practice, individuals embark on a journey of cognitive transformation, fostering lasting positive change in their lives.

*Please note that if you are in crisis right now, please call 988 or go to your nearest emergency room.

*Lotus Psychology Practice can see patients remotely throughout New York State and has an office space for in person treatment in Melville, NY.

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Mental Health Annuals

Lotus Psychology Practice’s Groundbreaking Annual Mental Health Check-Up Program

In today’s fast-paced and stress-inducing world, mental health has become an increasingly important aspect of overall well-being. Just as we prioritize annual physical check-ups for both children and adults to maintain good physical health, it is equally crucial to pay attention to our mental well-being. Recognizing the need for proactive mental health care, Lotus Psychology Practice is proud to announce its groundbreaking Annual Mental Health Check-Up Program. This program aims to make mental health assessments a standard of care for all, focusing on early interventions and preventive measures to foster emotional resilience and well-being.

The Importance of Annual Mental Health Check-Ups: Much like regular physical check-ups, annual mental health assessments are an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Mental health is intricately linked to our overall well-being and impacts our ability to cope with challenges, maintain relationships, and achieve our full potential. By offering routine mental health evaluations, Lotus Psychology Practice aims to create a culture of proactive care, ensuring that you can address any emerging concerns before they escalate into serious issues. We also hope that having annual check-ups will provide you with a sense of comfort and familiarity with our therapists should a future need for treatment arise.

Who May Need to Be Seen More Urgently? If you are noticing any of the following changes, please reach out to us more urgently: change in eating and/or sleeping pattern, isolation from people you typically spend time with, irritability, fast-paced or intrusive thoughts that can’t seem to quiet, or a general feeling of uneasiness.

Breaking the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health: One of the primary goals of the Annual Mental Health Check-Up Program is to break the stigma associated with seeking mental health support. Unfortunately, many people hesitate to seek help, viewing it as a sign of weakness. By normalizing regular mental health check-ups, Lotus Psychology Practice aims to create a safe and accepting environment where you feel comfortable discussing their emotional well-being openly.

Shifting from Intervention to Prevention: In the realm of healthcare, prevention is always better than seeking intervention when one is in a state of crisis. Yet, when it comes to mental health, we often find ourselves focusing more on interventions once problems have escalated. Lotus Psychology Practice firmly believes that prevention is the key to building mentally resilient communities. By identifying potential risk factors and stressors early on, our professionals can offer personalized guidance and support, empowering you to adopt coping strategies and resilience-building techniques.

Comprehensive and Holistic Assessments: The Annual Mental Health Check-Up Program offered by Lotus Psychology Practice takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health evaluations. Our team of licensed psychologists and mental health experts will conduct thorough assessments, considering your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. By looking at the bigger picture, we can better understand your unique challenges and strengths, allowing us to tailor personalized care plans.

Empowering Individuals with Self-Care Tools: Another significant aspect of the program is to empower you with self-care tools that you can integrate into your daily lives. Alongside the assessment, our experts will offer guidance on stress management techniques, mindfulness exercises, and healthy coping strategies. By providing you with practical tools to navigate life’s challenges, we aim to promote emotional resilience and long-term well-being.

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While there are thousands of therapists out there, I don’t think any have her care or are so dedicated to helping others create a life worth living. Therapy sessions are comforting and she is so easy to talk to – it feels like confiding in a friend. In the past few years of working together, Dr. Rimler has helped me in ways I never thought possible and anyone would be lucky to work with her.

Lotus Psychology Practice’s Annual Mental Health Check-Up Program represents a groundbreaking step towards prioritizing mental health in our communities. By adopting the standard of care for mental health assessments, we can identify potential issues early, offer preventive support, and ultimately break down the barriers that typically prevent individuals from seeking help. Through a holistic approach and personalized care, we envision a future where mental well-being is treated with the same importance as physical health, fostering healthier, happier, and more resilient individuals and communities.

Seeking support is a brave step towards a fulfilling and balanced life. Embrace the opportunity to invest in yourself and your well-being with our Annual Mental Health Check-Up Program at Lotus Psychology Practice. Together, we can build a brighter and more mentally resilient tomorrow.

*Please note that if you are in crisis right now, please call 988 or go to your nearest emergency room.

*Lotus Psychology Practice can see patients remotely throughout New York State and has an office space for in person treatment in Melville, NY.

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Executive Functioning in the Workplace

Executive functioning refers to a set of cognitive processes that are essential for the organization, planning, and regulation of behavior and thought. These functions enable individuals to set goals, make decisions, initiate tasks, and execute them successfully. Executive functioning plays a crucial role in managing complex tasks, problem-solving, and adapting to new or challenging situations.

The core components of executive functioning include:

The ability to hold and manipulate information temporarily in the mind while performing mental tasks. It allows individuals to remember and use relevant information to complete a task or achieve a goal.

This involves the ability to suppress inappropriate or distracting thoughts, behaviors, or impulses, allowing an individual to stay focused on a particular task or goal.

Cognitive flexibility refers to the capacity to switch between different tasks, perspectives, or strategies as needed. It allows individuals to adapt to changing situations and think creatively.

This involves the ability to create a systematic approach to achieve a goal, breaking it down into manageable steps and arranging them in a logical order.

The skill to estimate the time required for tasks, allocate time appropriately, and use time efficiently to meet deadlines and complete activities.

The capacity to analyze a situation, identify challenges, and develop effective strategies to overcome obstacles and reach a solution.

The ability to begin a task or activity without undue procrastination and sustain effort to completion, even when faced with difficulties.

Executive functioning also plays a role in managing emotions and impulses. It helps individuals control emotional reactions and maintain appropriate emotional responses in various situations.

Executive functioning skills develop gradually over time, with significant growth during childhood and adolescence. These skills rely on the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain responsible for higher-order cognitive functions. While some people may naturally possess stronger executive functioning abilities, these skills can also be cultivated and improved through practice, appropriate interventions, and lifestyle changes.

Difficulties with executive functioning are commonly associated with various neurodevelopmental and neurological conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), traumatic brain injuries, and certain psychiatric disorders. Challenges with executive functioning can impact daily functioning, academic performance, and overall life outcomes. In such cases, targeted interventions and support can be beneficial in helping individuals enhance their executive functioning abilities and improve their overall quality of life.

While there are thousands of therapists out there, I don’t think any have her care or are so dedicated to helping others create a life worth living. Therapy sessions are comforting and she is so easy to talk to – it feels like confiding in a friend. In the past few years of working together, Dr. Rimler has helped me in ways I never thought possible and anyone would be lucky to work with her.

Executive function challenges can significantly impact adults in the workplace, affecting various aspects of their professional performance and overall productivity. Here are some common ways executive function challenges can manifest in the workplace:

  1. Time management difficulties: Adults with executive function challenges may struggle with prioritizing tasks, estimating time required for projects, and meeting deadlines. This can lead to delays, missed opportunities, and increased stress levels.
  2. Organization and planning issues: Challenges in organizing thoughts, materials, and information can hinder productivity. Adults may struggle to develop effective strategies, create action plans, and maintain an organized workspace.
  3. Problem-solving and decision-making difficulties: Executive function challenges can affect the ability to analyze complex situations, make decisions efficiently, and solve problems effectively. This may result in poor judgment, difficulty adapting to changing circumstances, and decreased innovation.
  4. Impulsivity and distractibility: Individuals with executive function challenges may experience difficulty staying focused, resisting distractions, and controlling impulsive behaviors. This can lead to decreased attention to detail, reduced accuracy, and decreased productivity.

To help reduce these challenges, various interventions and strategies can be implemented:

  1. Task and time management techniques: Breaking tasks into smaller, manageable steps, using visual or digital calendars, setting reminders and alarms, and utilizing task management tools can assist individuals in better organizing their work and managing time effectively.
  2. External supports: Providing external supports such as written instructions, checklists, visual aids, and organizational tools (e.g., folders, labels) can help individuals maintain an organized workspace, prioritize tasks, and stay on track.
  3. Cognitive-behavioral strategies: Strategies such as self-monitoring, self-reflection, and goal setting can help individuals become more aware of their executive function challenges and develop strategies to address them. This may involve techniques like using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) principles to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns.
  4. Accommodations and workplace adjustments: Employers can provide accommodations such as flexible work schedules, noise-reducing headphones, or quiet workspaces to help individuals manage distractions and optimize their performance. Additionally, clear communication of expectations, regular feedback, and structured routines can be beneficial.
  5. Skill-building and training: Executive function skills can be strengthened through targeted interventions, such as cognitive training programs or executive function coaching. These interventions focus on improving specific executive functions like working memory, planning, and decision-making. Cogmed is an example of a program we use at Lotus Psychology Practice.
  6. Assistive technology: Various technological tools and applications, such as digital organizers, reminder apps, productivity apps, and project management software, can provide additional support for individuals with executive function challenges.

At Lotus Psychology Practice we believe that interventions should be personalized to an individual's specific needs and strengths, and it may be beneficial to work with professionals like psychologists, therapists or executive function coaches to develop a comprehensive plan. If you are finding that your executive functioning is getting in the way of your work or is impacting someone in your workplace, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.

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Empowering Families for Success

Empowering Families for Success: The Surprising Benefits of Parent Training as a Primary Treatment Approach

When children and adolescents struggle with behavioral challenges, our first instinct is to send them in for treatment whether it be medication or psychotherapy. We all know to well that our children are busier than ever. They have tutors, clubs and friends to see after school and it is often difficult to prioritize treatment, especially when you have a child who is not interested in meeting with a therapist. At Lotus Psychology Practice, we would like you to consider another evidence-based treatment that can significantly impact your entire family. Parent training in therapy offers several benefits compared to solely focusing on treating the child. It recognizes the crucial role parents play in their child’s development and mental health, empowering them with effective strategies to support their child’s emotional well-being. Here are some key benefits of parent training:

  • Systemic Approach: Parent training takes a systemic approach by considering the entire family system and the interactions between family members. It recognizes that changes in parenting behaviors can have a positive impact on the child’s emotional and behavioral functioning, as well as overall family dynamics.
  • Generalization of Skills: When parents learn specific strategies and techniques through training, they can apply these skills in various contexts and situations, not just during therapy sessions. This generalization allows for more consistent and continuous support for the child.
  • Long-Term Impact: By equipping parents with the knowledge and tools to understand and address their child’s emotional difficulties, parent training promotes long-term positive outcomes. It enables parents to support their child’s emotional well-being beyond the duration of therapy, fostering resilience and self-regulation skills.
  • Improved Parent-Child Relationship: Parent training can enhance the parent-child relationship by improving communication, empathy, and understanding. When parents acquire effective parenting techniques, they can respond to their child’s emotional needs in a supportive and sensitive manner, promoting a secure attachment and a positive emotional bond.
  • Reducing Parental Stress: Parenting a child with emotional difficulties can be challenging and overwhelming. Parent training provides parents with a supportive environment to share their experiences, receive guidance, and develop strategies to manage stress. As parents gain confidence and see positive changes in their child’s behavior, their own stress levels often decrease.

Now, let’s briefly discuss some evidenced-based parent training programs we utilize at Lotus Psychology Practice:

  • Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE): Developed by Eli Lebowitz, SPACE focuses on providing parents with tools to support their child with anxiety disorders. It helps parents learn strategies to respond empathetically, encourage gradual exposure to anxiety-provoking situations, and promote problem-solving skills. The program also aims to reduce parental accommodation of the child’s anxiety, which can inadvertently reinforce anxious behavior.
  • Incredible Years (IY), Created by Carolyn Webster-Stratton: These are two well-known parent training programs that target children’s behavioral difficulties. IY incorporates various strategies to enhance parenting skills and manage challenging behaviors. The program focus on positive reinforcement, effective communication, setting boundaries, and consistent discipline techniques.
  • Parent Management Training (PMT) Parent Management Training (PMT) is an evidence-based approach to behavior therapy that was developed by Alan E. Kazdin, a renowned psychologist and researcher. PMT is designed to help parents learn effective strategies to manage their children’s behavior and promote positive changes in their family dynamics. This approach has been widely studied and found to be effective in treating a variety of behavioral and emotional issues in children. 

It’s important to note that these programs have been extensively researched and have shown positive outcomes in numerous studies. However, the selection of a specific program should be based on the child’s needs, the family’s circumstances, and the expertise of the therapist.

While there are thousands of therapists out there, I don’t think any have her care or are so dedicated to helping others create a life worth living. Therapy sessions are comforting and she is so easy to talk to – it feels like confiding in a friend. In the past few years of working together, Dr. Rimler has helped me in ways I never thought possible and anyone would be lucky to work with her.

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Lotus Psychology Practice: Embracing Technology and Unique Programs for Transformational Therapy

In the ever-evolving world of psychology, innovative technologies and unique programs are revolutionizing therapeutic approaches. One such practice, Lotus Psychology Practice, sets itself apart by embracing cutting-edge technology and utilizing a range of transformative programs. This blog explores how Lotus Psychology Practice incorporates virtual reality, Forbrain, Soundsory, Brain Beat, Mightier, GoZen, and The Listening Program to help patients overcome challenges and achieve personal growth.

Virtual Reality: Transforming Stress Management and Exposure Therapy

Lotus Psychology Practice harnesses the power of virtual reality (VR) to facilitate stress management and exposure therapy. By creating immersive environments, VR enables individuals to experience and confront their fears in a controlled and safe setting. For those with phobias or anxiety disorders, this technology allows gradual exposure to trigger stimuli, fostering desensitization and emotional resilience.

Virtual reality simulations at Lotus Psychology Practice can simulate scenarios such as flying, heights, public speaking, and more. By gradually exposing patients to their feared situations, VR empowers them to develop coping strategies and overcome their fears. This technology has proven particularly effective in treating phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety disorders.

Forbrain, Soundsory, and The Listening Program: Unleashing the Power of Sound

Lotus Psychology Practice integrates a range of sound-based programs to enhance therapy outcomes and support patient progress.

  • Forbrain: By leveraging bone conduction technology, Forbrain enhances speech and language skills, improves attention, and aids in the treatment of speech difficulties such as stuttering or dyslexia.
  • Soundsory: This multisensory learning program combines music and movement to enhance cognitive skills, sensory integration, and language development. Soundsory is particularly beneficial for children with learning difficulties, sensory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Brain Beat: Utilizing rhythm and beat, Brain Beat engages and stimulates the brain, enhancing focus, attention, and memory. This auditory stimulation program has applications in education, mental wellness, and cognitive rehabilitation.
  • The Listening Program: This evidence-based music listening therapy targets the auditory system to improve listening skills, communication, and sensory processing. The Listening Program enhances auditory discrimination, attention, and sound localization, benefiting individuals with auditory processing disorders and speech and language difficulties.

Finding Fun Ways to Engage Children

  • Mightier: By gamifying emotional regulation, Mightier helps children develop emotional resilience and self-regulation skills. This program uses biofeedback technology to teach children how to manage stress and anxiety effectively.
  • GoZen: This program offers online anxiety relief programs designed specifically for children. Through engaging videos, animations, and activities, GoZen equips children with coping strategies and emotional resilience skills.

At Lotus Psychology Practice, these programs are integrated into personalized therapy plans, enabling therapists to tailor treatment to individual needs and enhance therapeutic outcomes.

Lotus Psychology Practice stands out as a leader in the field of psychology by incorporating technology and unique programs to offer transformative therapy experiences. Through the use of virtual reality, patients can confront their fears and manage stress in a controlled environment. Additionally, the integration of sound-based programs like Forbrain, Soundsory, Brain Beat, Mightier, GoZen, and The Listening Program enhances therapy outcomes, improving speech and language skills, enhancing cognitive abilities, and fostering emotional resilience.

By embracing these innovative tools, Lotus Psychology Practice demonstrates its commitment to utilizing technology and tailored programs to empower patients on their journey towards personal growth, well-being, and lasting positive change.

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Work-Life Balancing during COVID-19

Work- Life Balancing during COVID-19

 I was Interviewed recently by Newsday on Work- Life balancing during COVID-19.

“As a Dix Hills psychologist with four kids, Elana Rimler can relate to what she’s hearing from families she counsels. “They’re incredibly overwhelmed,” she says.” …….. Read Article


Here are some Tips I Gave for managing the stress:

  • Give yourself permission not to have it all together. “This isn’t normal,” Rimler says. Don’t judge yourself if you may not be the parent you would normally be right now. It’s OK.
  • Understand why kids may be acting up. “Kids are looking to get some kind of control,” Rimler says. That’s why they may be saying, “I’m not going to do this. I’m not going to bed at this time.” Many parents may be battling new issues of oppositional behavior.
  • Remember that all kids will be behind academically. The social gap is more important, she says. She suggests setting up Zoom playdates for your kids if you aren’t already doing that. “It’s going to give them that social outlet, which takes a little pressure off parents.”
  • Everyone gets a pass to play hooky. Sneaking in a vacation day and letting the kids skip a day of school is not the end of the world, Rimler says. Remind yourself, “I’m not going to do major harm to my child if today I don’t force my child to take their classes.”
  • Communicate your needs with your partner. “We need to say, ‘This is really what I need from you right now.’ There isn’t one person whose job is more important.”
  • Don’t hesitate to get therapy for yourself. “Just because we can’t change the circumstance doesn’t mean we can’t change how we deal with the circumstance,” Rimler says. Professionals can assist in doing that.
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