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Top 10 Strategies for Memory Training for Special Education Needs Children

1. Increasing the span of items that are to be remembered;

2. Increasing the length of time between presenting the sequence and asking for recall by 5-second interval;

3. Introducing games such as “I went to the shop and bought…”;

4. Gradually increasing the sequence of instruction, beginning with one or tow only: “Please go to the cupboard and get some pencils” and subsequently to:” Please go to the cupboard, get some pencils, give one to Joe and another to Mary”;

5. Asking student to verbally deliver message to another teacher, office clerks. It is important to encourage the student to repeat instruction before carrying it out and use his/her own voice to support his/her memory;

6. At the end of the school day, asking the student to recall three activities in which s/he was engaged and gradually increasing the number of activities to recall;

7. After a special event, asking the student to sequence the activities that occurred;

8. After reading a short story, asking the student to identify the main character, sequence of events and outcome;

9. Recording a message on a tape recorder and then asking the student to write the message or recall the message;

10. Repeating aloud and rehearsing items to be remembered

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