Terrible memory is a real learning disability
February 28, 2008 12:32pm CST
In Britain, it was discovered that up to 1 in 10 school children have problems in what is called "working memory". It causes them to do less well in class. Misdiagnosed memory problem kids are diagnosed as unmotivated dreamers when in fact they cannot remember. * Working memory is like a jot pad in your head where facts are stored, such as the multiplication tables and spelling words. If there is a problem with that mental tablet, the kid or person usually suffers in math and spelling. * There are tools for coping with this glitch. * For children, repetition of instructions, talking in simple, short sentences and breaking down tasks into smaller chunks works well. * For adults, tools include spell checkers built into browsers like Firefox and the calculators in every operating system for doing basic math like balancing the checkbook. * I have an umbilical cord connecting me to this machine as I think I was one of those memory problem kids. I have Autism, could that have been a key to my memory problems? Don't know, don't care, I've a cope machine at my fingers! My math is at first grade level and I can't spell my way out of a wet sack. The computer, like good makeup on skin, hides these flaws well.
28 Feb 08
I have never had a good memory for names, numbers and things that I am not interested in, so I didn't have a great childhood at school, I hated it, but i managed to get by I believe this is where examinations are not really fair, making kids remember a lot of silly dates and things, and marking them on that, I may have not of excelled in the schooling department but i think I won on the common sense side of things thanks to my Mum and Dad...
• United States
29 Feb 08
I agree with you. Common horse sense is a rare commodity this day and age. Many great thinkers were considered a village idiots when tots. The learning disabled compensate very often to brilliance. Rodin, Patton, Edison, Wilson, and Einstein are some examples of people said to so compensate.