Cognitive Development & ADHD
So, how do you strengthen a weak memory system?
Through a lot of hard work! The biggest key is to learn how to make connections to the long-term memory – that which is already known.
This involves developing cognitive strategies and lots of practice.
- Which type of information is more difficult for them to memorize: visual or auditory? Info that makes sense or abstract info? Practice
- Choose a passage for the student to memorize. Give one sentence at a time. Practice that same passage for several days until they have
it memorized. It will be easier for them if they can make sense of it. Ask questions to determine why a sentence or phrase is so difficult, making sure they understand.
- For visual exercises play the Memory Game. It is available as a game and in many electronic versions
- Read a part of a story to them and have them narrate back the information. Look for them to grow in their ability to remember critical
details: names, places, events. Also, have them work towards repeating the events in order. Make a game of it with them earning points for every detail they can remember.
- Have them read a story or a part of one (silently or aloud), remove the story and have them repeat back what they just read. Again, make
a game of it.
Consistency is critical! If you cannot be consistent on your own, find accountability - or find out if Discovery Program's interventions
would be advisable. Contact us for more information.