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What Causes Short Term Memory Loss in Children?

April 04, 2013

Did you know that children can experience short term memory loss? Most people associate memory loss of any kind with the elderly, but kids sometimes struggle with impaired memory function. Disability Living is excited to be blogging this week about memory loss. We are even more excited about providing our readers with tips for improving the memory. Read on to learn what causes short term memory loss in children and what you can do to boost your child’s memory.

What causes children to experience short term memory loss?

Just as is the case with adults, there is no one thing that causes memory loss in children. However, it is not uncommon for certain disabilities to encourage memory-related troubles in young people. Some learning disabilities may diminish a child’s memory.

Dyslexia is a common cause of short term memory loss in children.

Are you aware that dyslexia is the most common cause of short term memory issues in children? “Dyslexia is a very broad term defining a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read.” Dyslexia can negatively affect the auditory short term memory. If your child is having trouble with their short term memory, it would be wise to speak to a physician in order to rule out dyslexia or other learning disabilities.

Boost your child’s short term memory

You can help sharpen your child’s short term memory. Here are a few tips you can begin to implement today:

– Make sure that a child’s learning is structured. Structure provides a standard by which children learn information.

– Ask your child’s teachers where he or she typically sits in class. The place where a child sits in a classroom can affect how he or she learns and retains information. Ask teachers to encourage your child to sit in a beneficial spot during class.

– Have your child exercise their brain. A simple way a child can exercise their brain is by answering questions. Ask your son or daughter what they learned at school to foster brain-exercising conversation.

– Play games with your child.

– When teaching your child, be prepared to repeat information over and over. Some children need to hear information repeated in order to understand it.

What activities have helped boost your child’s short term memory? Share with us — feel free to leave a comment on this Disability Living blog post today!

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