Working memory is vital to learning! It refers to the ability to hold and manipulate information over short periods of time mentally and differs from rote memory. Rote Memory involves passively memorizing information while working memory is what we need to take information a step further beyond memorization. Working memory has a foundational role in cognitive development. These include controlled attention, reasoning, organization, and speech and language functioning. Working memory is important to tasks that rely heavily on cognitive control, such as language acquisition, language and comprehension, reading ability, mathematics, and reasoning.
It is estimated that around 20 to 50 percent of students with learning difficulties struggle with working memory. Certain deficits in working memory have been documented for dyscalculia and dyslexia. Moreover, children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have problems with working memory, specifically executive functioning.
The most widely used assessments of memory include the following.
- Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Third Edition (WRAML-3) measures short- and long-term memory functioning and the ability to learn new material in children and adults aged 5 to 90 years.
- The Children’s Memory Scale (CMS) is a comprehensive learning and memory test which enables you to compare memory and learning to ability, attention, and achievement. It is used to evaluate children between the ages of 5 and 16 years who have delayed processing skills and challenges with memory and learning.
Assessment and reporting from $990 each.
Combined with a cognitive assessment $1750.
Combined with a cognitive and academic assessment $2500.
(Price as of September 2024 – prices are subject to change – please call us to discuss prices and book in with our psychologist).