How to improve memory skills in children and adults

STRETCH IT!

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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My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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