The short answer is yes. We, however, will highlight two types of common memory problems that can lead to difficulties in learning. They are working memory, and short-term memory.
In a nutshell, short-term memory is how memory is stored, and working memory is how your child processes memory to complete tasks.
We shall highlight the difference between working and short-term memory below.
- Short-term memory handles information that is active and readily available and it stores information for a few seconds. Poor short-term memory can cause a learning disability because learners
- forget information on a subject they have already learned,
- fail to complete all tasks when given a list of instructions,
- have trouble remembering what they have just read.
So, now you know the reason for our clear answer to the question: Does poor short-term memory cause learning disability?
- Working memory allows for the ‘management’ of stored information. Learners with weak working memory may
- have trouble with tasks that have more than one step,
- stop working because they have lost track of what they are supposed to do,
- lack skills in planning and organisation,
- have difficulty applying what they learned in a previous experience to a new situation,
- have trouble remembering all the steps in verbal directions,
- have trouble thinking and doing at the same time,
- have relationships with a friend but have difficulty following conversations in a group.
Now it’s understandable that an inadequate working memory can lead to a learning disability.
Training your child’s memory begins with reading. It is a brain-stimulating activity that needs remembering words and their meanings. It can improve short-term as well as working memory especially if you encourage your child to take notes or discuss what he/she has read.
There are many things that parents and teachers can do to support learning and achievement in learners with weak short-term and working memories. We, at Capulum College, are familiar with these disabilities and our professional team is well equipped to help your child – and to help you help your child.