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KDM3 asks:
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"Weak memory" leading to poor school performance?

Our 12 year old son was "diagnosed" as having memory problems and thus poor school performance. Of course in daylife noone can suspect such a thing, a perfectly healthy, normal, active kid. Has anyone heard smt similar and means of improving it? Thank you.
In Topics: School and Academics, Cognitive development, Learning disabilities
> 60 days ago

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dgraab
May 27, 2009
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I'm sorry to hear that memory problems may be affecting your son's school performance. Here are some resources I hope will provide insights for you to help resolve the issue:

Attention is Essential for Most Learning and Memory
http://www.education.com/reference/article/attention-essential-learning-memory/

Memory and the Brain (page 2 covers poor memory issues; page 3 & 4 provides info about using senses to promote learning)
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Memory_Brain/

Are You a Creator? An Essay for Kids! (includes checklist to help determine if child is a visual spatial learner, and if so, offers tips to excel in school)
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_You_Creator_Essay/

Using Visual-Spatial Strengths to Memorize New Material
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Using_Visual_Spatial/

Learning How to Study
http://www.education.com/reference/article/learning-how-to-study/

The Role of Parents in Children's School Achievement
http://www.education.com/reference/article/role-parent-children-school-achievement/

Organizing Your Preteen: Tools for Success
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Organizing_Your_Preteen_Tools/

And here is a fun math-related activity you might like to try with your son:
The Mean, Median, and Mode Card Game
http://www.education.com/activity/article/Mean_Mode_fifth/

Good luck - I hope you are successful in improving his school performance.
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Loddie1
Loddie1 , Parent writes:
Well, it depends how severe, but exercising the brain in memory and again "diet" modifications will help. Coffee has been known to work with memory issues. It promotes concentration. Also, try the game "memory"! Play this game with him daily. If its too easy, find a more complicated one. See what happens...
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I thank you all very much!
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