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Working Memory
Working memory describes the ability to simultaneously remember and manipulate information – as in a mental arithmetic question. Problems in this area can lead to significant difficulties at school, but often go undiagnosed because it is a concept many teachers are unfamiliar with. Children with working memory difficulties are likely to:

  • Raise their hand but when asked to speak say they have forgotten what they wanted to.
  • Listen to instructions and then forget them as soon as they start on a task.
  • Need regular reminders of each step in a task.
  • Fail to follow instructions completely or accurately.
  • Require repeated explanations
  • Require visual or concrete memory aids

There have been interesting advances in this field, both in terms of the first computerised assessment of working memory: Automated Working Memory Assessment, and in developing this skill using Cogmed, a software program that is supervised by a specialist trainer. The following website, from the University of York is excellent, and explores every aspect of working memory and how to help children with a deficit in this area: http://www.york.ac.uk/res/wml/TestsTeachers.htm


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