My son Andrew has to do a spelling assignment weekly called: Stretch It!….it is written homework…I love it so much…and have adapted it-and have been using it as a short-term memory activity when working with L…..L is almost 15 years old…and this activity has really helped to improve her short-term memory skills.
Following the last blog post I wrote for my friend at Metro..and the specific someone in her life (who happens to struggle with short term memory concerns)….I thought I would write this post….for her and for others looking to improve memory skills…whether in adults or children.
So here’s how Stretch It! works:
Given that today is Groundhog’s day….(Today-February 2, 2013: “Punxsutawney Phil”..did not see his shadow..so this means we predict an early spring…although I read that his success rate with this prediction is only 39%.)…So given it is Groundhog’s day..this will be the theme of the task.
You start off the verbal sentence with something like this:
Therapist: “The Groundhog”
Next…I will use L as the example here…L is to repeat what I said and add one or two details to the sentence…so something like this:
L: “The Groundhog did not see his shadow”
Therapist: “The Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning.”
L: “The Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning so spring will come sooner.”
Therapist: “The Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning so spring will come sooner and we may not have six more weeks of winter.”
When working on short-term memory skills…repetition is helpful. This is an easy and fun activity. Be sure to write the sentences down. Keep a record of them…and then go back to them at a later date…see if your client/student/child/loved one is able to recall the sentences. Wow if so…now they are stored in her long-term memory!
Happy Groundhog’s Day!!!
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