17 Ways to Help Kids With Working Memory Issues

Are you looking for ways to help kids with working memory issues? If so, keep reading.

1. Find the student’s most efficient learning mode. Utilize it continuously to enable the student’s comprehension (e.g., if the student fails to understand information orally, present it in written form; if the student has difficulty comprehending written information, present it orally; etc.).

2. Explain objects, persons, places, etc., and have the student name the things described.

3. Tag objects, persons, places, etc., in their surroundings to help the student recall their names.

4. Utilize concrete examples and experiences in sharing information with the student.

5. Make the curriculum important to the student. Remembering is more likely to happen when the curriculum is important and can be related to real-life experiences.

6. Get the student to prepare for tests using the “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” format.

7. Make sure the student has a repetition of information through various experiences to enable their memory.

8. Get the student to highlight or summarize the information they need to remember.

9. Make sure the student is paying attention to the source of information (e.g., eye contact is being made, hands are free of learning materials, the student is looking at the task, etc.).

10. Teach ideas through associative learning (i.e., build new ideas based on prior learning).

11. Assist the student’s use of memory aids or mnemonic devices to recall words (e.g., a name might be linked to another word; for example, “Mr. Green is a very colorful person.”).

12. Get the student to take notes from classes, presentations, lectures, etc., to help them enable recall.

13. Get the student to make notes, lists, etc., of things they need to be able to recall. The student should carry these reminders with him/her.

14. Present the student an object or an image of an object for a few seconds and then remove it. Ask the student to recall specific attributes (e.g., color, size, shape, etc.) of the object.

15. Following a field trip or special event, have the student recall the learning activities that occurred.

16. Select a peer to take part in memory learning activities with the student (e.g., memory games, flash cards, math facts, etc.).

17. Consider using an education app to help the student enhance their memory. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

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