Working Memory For Struggling Readers
• Working memory is the form of memory that helps to hold information and then manipulate information by making meaningful connections.
• Working memory develops during childhood and has important implications on learning disabilities.
• Working Memory impairments are seen in ADHD, learning disabilities, and language processing disorders, traumatic brain injury victims and others.
• WM impairments are found in ADHD, learning disabilities, language processing disorders, stroke
This colorful and fun activity is designed for either parents or service providers to spend 10-15 minutes a day reinforcing activities to increase working memory capacity.
Included is a step-by-step guide for implementing the program.
Students enjoy the bright colors with each step.
There are 9 levels in this set.
The first level consists of very simple shapes.
The second level is of more complicated, yet familiar pictures.
The third level consists of the alphabet. The vowels are created to easily differentiate vowels and consonants visually.
The levels of four through eight consist of varying degrees of complexity of the English language and spellings , including r-controlled vowels, consonant and vowel digraphs, consonant blends, unusual spellings (igh, tion, sion) and welded sounds (ing, ank, onk, ung, etc.).
Level nine consists of common sight words.
Extension activities- Students can build words with the cards and perform the same activity to take that mental “picture” of the cards and memorize their location.
Another activity idea is to mix up the levels as the student moves up the series.
When the student has the information mastered, have them take their mental “picture,” flip the cards face down and move them around and see if they can remember where they were placed.
Students love this because they think they are playing games, but you know the secret that they are working!!
These activities also set students up for success from the very beginning! Even struggling readers do not feel self conscious or hesitant to perform the activities when they have confidence that they will succeed!