Dyslexia and short term memory

One of the most common aspects of being dyslexic is a disruption to short term memory.  Adults with dyslexia may struggle to access key information, like names, dates and number facts.  This is made worse if it is important to remember the information in the right order, e.g. for spelling, times tables, instructions.

We all need to call up information when completing even the simplest task, like preparing a meal or making a phone call.  If you need to manipulate the information in your head as you do it, e.g adjusting the recipe to serve 2 people instead of 4, it can be harder.  This requires working memory.

Memory can be erratic in adults with dyslexic.  Some days it is good, some days it is bad.  Dyslexic people can often have very vivid memories for events and experiences.

Memory can be improved by specific training in using the right strategies.  This can  involve visualisation, building meaning into stories, humour, music and rhythm.  Least successful is the type of rote learning some dyslexic people resort to when then feel they need to remember a routine.

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