• Question: do you work with memorie

    Asked by Scaredsilvie to Rachel on 11 Mar 2020.
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      Rachel Reid answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      Hi there, so I do sometimes use some memory assessments with young people which are designed to investigate visual memory and verbal memory. The memory assessments can assess ‘short term’ memory (what you can recall in the immediate term, after you have heard something or seen something) or ‘working memory’.
      Working memory is a type of executive function’ in the brain and it is basically the ability for the brain to hold information, to process it and retrieve it. It is best to think of it as a mental jotting pad – like keeping a mental note of a shopping list and keeping track of the items you have or you still need as you go around the shop. It is possible that this information could be lost, for example, through distraction or if a person is overloaded with too much information to remember.
      Working memory difficulties are pretty common in childhood but there has been lots of research into strategies for support. If you are interested in learning more about memory in the brain then have a look at the work by Sue Gathercole / Tracy Alloway.