Executive Function: Working Memory

February 19, 2015

It is that time of year where the cold has gotten to everyone’s psyche, but no more so than a smart but scattered kid. You may feel that your highly distracted child is just trying to irk your nerves by saying the good old, “I forgot, or I do not know.” What they are suffering from is a missing executive function called working memory.

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind at any given moment. It has been proven that 75% of kids who struggle with working memory will struggle with language and math.

A great explanation is given by this video below.

One simple tactic to building working memory is to turn it into a game.
There are wonderful games out there like crossword puzzles, good old fashion memory games, and a new game called “Blink” that are on the market. Here’s a list of Working Memory Games that I created from Amazon, and I will be adding more as time goes on. (Please note: I do not get paid to endorse any of these games.)

1. Blink Card Game The World’s Fastest Game
2. Qwitch the fast-paced game of ups and downs by Makers of Uno
3. ThinkFun Rush Hour
4. Spot It

One fun game to play is called, “What’s the ?”

Flip over three-word cards and memorize to memory. Flip back over and then try to state the cards in order. As three are mastered then, another card can be added. Switch them when they are unable to recall the correct card and/or order.

(Challenge: Do this with words picture, letters, numbers, and full-phrases)

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Another simple tactic is to use Post-It’s!
I know it sounds simple but if your child is at the stage of writing where recalling is just too hard. Have them find a way to record their work, and one way is through post-its.

Post-Its come in various sizes, and you can use it to help them keep track of what to do, but also break down baby steps of what to do. Moreover, take lovely notes of their work including questions that arise from homework or anything that make them say, “What was I working on again?”

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below or email me at renee@madeforyoulearning.com to see how these two tactics helped your smart but scattered child.

Until next time, here’s to your child’s journey of learning and making it work for them.

Cheers and Happy Learning,
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