Visual memory is the ability of children to remember what something looks like. When children have difficulties, we most often think about this as a short-term memory issue that can keep children from taking what they see and transferring it to long-term memory. This can have serious implications for children’s ability to learn, especially in classrooms that are predominantly quite visual. If your child struggles to recall what a letter or sight word looks like, they will also have trouble reading or remembering what they have read later. Improving visual memory is very important. There are ways to help children with visual memory that can help accelerate learning.
There are some ways to help children with visual memory:
- Use games and activities that require concentration in a play-based environment. For example, matching symbols, puzzles, remembering matching card locations.
- Reduce the amount of information available by showing just sections of a picture at a time, thus isolating and focussing attention gradually.
- Identify a child’s preferred learning style and use this predominently. For example, Use verbal descriptions when a student has challenges with written information.
- When a child needs to read information, underline key words and phrases. Similarly, draw the child’s attention to key aspects of visual images. For example, drawing arrows, highlighting and outlines.
- Creat an environment where the child feels encouraged to ask questions about things they misunderstood. For example, praise, assistance and commendations.
- Provide information in written and visual formats then reinforce success as it is demonstrated.
- Provide both tangible and intangible rewards when the student recalls visual information. For example, awards and certificates as well as praise an encouragement.
- Provide written forms of schedules, days, dates, birthdays, addresses and phone numbers then require the child to recall significant times and events.
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