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Supporting children with working memory difficulties 1:1

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by kwhitefabio, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. kwhitefabio

    kwhitefabio New commenter

    I tutor a year 5 child with suspected dyslexic tendencies and working memory issues. We work 1:1 catching her up with maths and spelling to support her back in class. She currently has gaps in phase 3 and phase 5 phonics as well as struggling to learn her statutory words for year 5/6 and use them in context. I am also a year 5 teacher and am finding my intervention style of teaching isn't having a lasting impact. Is there anyone with ideas for short activities to work on with her to make the most of our 1 hour a week?
    Many thanks!
  2. suzyshepster

    suzyshepster New commenter

    I play the game "I'm going on a picnic and I'm taking ..."
    It teaches strategies to help working memory, and you could also list things to take alphabetically?
  3. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    I thought recommend this book:

    Working Memory and Learning: A Practical Guide for Teachers

    By Gathercole and Alloway

    A very accessible book, with clear discussion of what we mean by working memory and strategies for supporting it.
    Bumptious likes this.
  4. Sir_Henry

    Sir_Henry Occasional commenter

    Vocabulary maps can help by providing a hook for the word meaning to visual clue.

    Any other work should be multi-sensory.
  5. Sir_Henry

    Sir_Henry Occasional commenter

    Do let us know how you get on and I am happy to expand upon my rather brief points from last night .
  6. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

  7. Sir_Henry

    Sir_Henry Occasional commenter

    Hello Miss Penny lovely to see you.
  8. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    Lovely to see you too x
  9. ladylyra

    ladylyra New commenter

    I used to do a really lovely activity with a child with memory issues where there were pictures of a series of objects and they had to come up with a story to help them remember them, then retell the story, then tell me the objects. They were a proper resource (ie not made up by me) but i can't for the life of me remember what it was called! We started with 4 and eventually worked up to 8 over the weeks

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