Have you seen results from the study of three thousand children, saying that ten percent of those children suffered from poor working memory seriously affecting their learning? Experts say that poor working memory (and lack of knowledge about how to work with it) is behind many school problems.
Poor working memory is often associated with ADHD and dyslexia. Some experts, such as Rosemary Tannen, PhD, psychologist and psychiatry professor at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, think that poor working memory might actually be responsible for some of the symptoms of ADHD:
"It could be that working-memory problems give rise to observable behavioral symptoms of ADHD: distractibility and also poor academic achievement," says Tannen.
But if you have poor working memory, you're not necessarily stuck with it. Several studies have shown that anybody, and ADHD or dyslexia children in particular, can benefit significantly from practicing to improve their poor working memory.
Another fMRI study showed that computer training helped working memory of children with dyslexia as well. And many products have been developed to help you practice your memory.
Sharpbrains.com has a free report on digital tools used to assess and treat working memory.
In closing, I'm looking for a product for my son that can help him exercise and develop his working memory. We tried the Nintendo Brain Age program but have found that basically ANY of the Japanese programs are absolutely terrible for a child with developmental hiccups of any sort. Why? In the Wii, for example, if you get a poor grade on something, the character becomes gradually more and more depressed until … I am not sure if I remember this correctly, but … I think they might actually BOO at you.
Now picture your dyslexic child doing the balance exercises on the Wii and failing because his brain doesn't do this stuff easily. How would YOUR child react to being essentially told he's a loser by the software?
For my American child, it was a no go. And I have found that the jovial "you're SUCH a loser, dude!" approach from Japanese products is prohibitive. So we'll be looking into other producers. I'll let you know what I find.