What is Working Memory?
Working memory refers to the retention, recall, and utilization of information to perform tasks. It is particularly important when learning academics, performing chores/self care activities, and socializing. During these activities, we may be required to remember and use a lot of information.
It may look like:
- Drawing a picture of something you’ve seen
- Using the names of friends during play
- Following GPS directions
- Organizing pretend play or role-playing stories
- Singing along with rhymes or songs
- Following the steps of an obstacle course
One way to address working memory is to play waitress/waiter and practice taking orders. You can modify this activity by writing the order down, actually making the food/drink, drawing the order, making the order with play-doh, increasing/decreasing the time before you have to recall the order, and much more. This is a very customizable task so incorporate whatever keeps your “server” motivated and challenged.
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