Improving working memory in a dyslexic teenager (bonus! verbal skills)
August 21, 2013 7:57 AM Subscribe
This was last asked in 2007 for improving working memory in an ADHD teenager
and I'm hoping there are new resources, especially geared to dyslexics. What are the current tools and thoughts about working memory improvement when there is a known deficit?
posted by viggorlijah to science & nature (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Our son's latest assessment has shown that he is still struggling a lot with working memory and verbal expression. Because he's pretty good at maths and very sweet-natured, no-one had suspected this. He is already in weekly dyslexia classes, listening audiobooks etc and has been referred for speech therapy for the verbal expression, and we have resources for that, although I'd be grateful for new ideas.
Google is bringing me a lot of woo Glenn Doman-type stuff or super-technical neuroscience and psychology papers that don't have practical suggestions on reducing deficits in working memory, especially due to dyslexia.
Dyslexia-linked would be great, but anything - we're spitballing re-enrolling him for chess classes, poker and other complex card games, Civilization, critical thinking exercises etc. He is willing to put in some time and effort, and mostly sees his dyslexia as a different type of brain that makes some things difficult and requires alternative paths.