Problems with working memory can be a challenge for children. We all need to have the ability to keep in mind the information we need to complete tasks. When limits are reached we observe tasks going off track, instructions not being followed perfectly and generally off task behaviours. Working memory is just like computer RAM. This important skill affects children both in and out of school. There are some things parents can do and strategies they can teach children to help them succeed, even if it doesn’t come automatically to them there are many ways to help a child with their memory.
Here are 8 ways to help a child with their memory:
- Assign the child a role as classroom or family messenger. Give tasks such as delivering a message to a colleague or friend then gradually increase the complexity of this task as the child demonstrates success. As success is demonstrate increase the levels of responsibility and risk of natural consequences, attached to the task.
- Discuss the schedule of events in advance and have the child repeat the sequence of events. As success is achieved, gradually increase the complexity and length of the sequence.
- Once an event or project is completed have the child describe the sequence of the events or activities as they have occurred.
- When information or instructions are being provided, or at times when concentration is important , for example, homework, reduce the distractions and stimuli available at the time.
- Teach the child how to recognise key words, main points or facts.
- Ensure the child receives information from a range of different sources to encourage recall. Consider discussions, the internet, media and texts.
- Teach the skills of following directions quite explicitly. For example, stop, listen, look at the speaker, write down key points, wait for the instructions to be completed and ask questions.
- Reinforce and encourage the child for demonstrating successful short and long term memory skills. As success is achieved, gradually increase length of time required for encouragement and your own expectations.
These eight strategies offer valuable tools for parents and educators to help children improve their memory skills. By assigning them the role of a messenger, discussing event schedules, and encouraging them to describe completed activities, we promote memory recall and organisational abilities. Minimising distractions during important tasks and teaching children to recognise key words and main points enhance their focus and retention. Expanding their information sources and teaching explicit direction-following skills further strengthen their memory capabilities. Finally, reinforcing and encouraging children’s memory achievements builds their confidence and motivation to excel. By implementing these strategies with patience and consistency, we can empower children to unlock their full memory potential, leading to improved academic performance and overall cognitive growth.
Senior Managing Partner and Education Expert Shanna Parry
Combining her passions for teaching, training and travel, Shanna Parry has since worked throughout the USA, Middle East, India and China serving as a director (Higher Education), headmaster (Secondary School) and consultant (K-12). Shanna brings a wealth of experience in a variety of critical areas.
In 2018 and 2019 Shanna was identified as top 30 in the Education category for Global Gurus among some of the worlds leading Education experts. Shanna continues to travel extensively to meet the demands for her consulting expertise in administrative and teacher development.
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