Updated: Jun 16
We all forget things sometimes but for some children, it can be very hard for them to remember things. This is a key problem for children with specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder or if they are on the Autistic Spectrum.
The main culprit is memory, which is a very complex thing. Memory is not made up of one thing, we have several different memories.
One is linked to language called verbal memory. Your verbal memory helps you to remember things that are said to you. There are several components to verbal memory, which makes it even more complex. If you have a weakness in this area then you will find it hard to remember what you have been told.
Another memory is linked to sight called visual memory. Your visual memory helps you to remember things you have seen. Again, there are several components to this memory making it even more complex as with verbal memory. If you have a weakness in this area then you will find it hard to remember things you have seen such as text, pictures, diagrams and graphs.
There is another part to memory called working memory. This is a very short term memory which allows you to store your learning into long term memory. If your child has a specific learning difficulty then this memory can overload quickly. This means that they will simply not store anything they have learned before and at the time they became overwhelmed.
As you can see, remembering is actually quite a complicated process.
The key reason that students with specific learning difficulties should be taught using multi-sensory methods is so that if they have a weakness in either verbal or visual memory, or both, they have more chance of storing their learning into long term memory.
Working memory sits over the top of these two memories so, as teachers, we also have to be careful that we don't overload the student with new learning. if we do, then none of it will be stored in long term memory.
So your key question is how can you help your child to remember their learning?
As stated, it is important that all learning uses multi-sensory methods which basically means to say, see and do at the same time. For example, a multi-sensory method for spelling would be to look at the word you want to spell, cover it up, say each letter as you write it and then say the whole word afterwards.
There are many other strategies which can also be used to help with learning subjects for exams as well as learning spellings and how to read.
In our programme, How to Learn with Dyslexia, we teach you why remembering things is so difficult for a student with dyslexia and then teach you more than 9 different ways which have been proven to be effective in storing learning into your long term memory.
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