WHAT IS WORKING MEMORY?
Working memory is active and a “mental workspace” for temporarily storing and managing the information used to plan thoughts/actions, comprehend reading and math problems, and use current information in our everyday lives.
Working memory impairment can present in an inability to complete daily activities and difficulty staying on task.
Signs of working memory Deficit:
Difficulties completing tasks that require a large amount of information
Difficulty starting and following tasks with a complex set of directions
Inattentive behavior due to losing their place during a task
A tendency to lose track of belongings
A DEFICIT IN WORKING MEMORY IMPACTS:
Following directions to successfully complete a task
Difficulty remembering incoming instruction information while trying to access how to actually do what is being asked.
Being able to recognize words in sentences is difficult when visual working memory is impaired
Maintaining numeral information and accessing the necessary operation for the math problem is difficult, leaving children with less information to work with