Auditory memory involves listening to information, processing that information, storing it and retrieving it when required. Auditory memory is very important for language development and learning. It has been found to be linked to academic achievement, particularly literacy skills.
The following fun and engaging games will benefit any child, but are particularly helpful for children with conditions that often impair auditory memory such as ADHD and Dyslexia.
Treasure trail is a particularly popular game with young children. Hide goodies around the room, for example, stickers, balloons and edible treats. Ask your child to stand in the middle of the room and listen for instructions to find the hidden treasure. Start with a simple one-part instruction and build up slowly to more complex two or three part instructions. Use plenty of prepositions e.g under the sofa, behind the cushion. This game will improve your child's listening skills and alert you to commonly used language such as prepositions they do not yet understand.
Deep Sea Divers
Deep Sea Divers is a game that teaches your child to use rehearsal strategies. Tell your child that you are Deep Sea Divers on a trip to the bottom of the ocean. Leave some special items on the floor e.g a teddy, crayons, a ball. Give your child a list of items to pick up and tell him you will count down from ten before he can dive into the ocean. In this time encourage your child to recite the list of items out loud. Begin with one or two items and build up to more and more items the more confident they become.
This game helps to teach your child visualisation as a memory strategy. Ask your child to imagine you are wizards, a Harry Potter theme is often popular. Get a cauldron (you can use a bucket or something similar) and say that you are going to do a magic spell. Give them a list of ingredients to remember for the spell (use glitter, toys and other bright and appealing items). Ask your child to close their eyes and picture each ingredient in their head to help you both remember, before collecting the ingredients. With success, increase the number of ingredients.
These games teach the strategies of rehearsal and visualisation. Keep checking our blog for further games to teach memory strategies such as chunking and the use of physical supports.
This blog is created by Hannah Broughton and Caspian Jamie. Caspian is a Private Speech Therapist and Hannah is a Child development Specialist We have our own company, The Therapy Adventure Limited and live in Ramsbottom, Manchester with our daughter.