Strengthening verbal working memory for dyselxia

Sandra K. Loo, PhD Pediatric Neuropsychologist, explains what verbal working memory is, and how strengthening it can help children with dyslexia
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Strengthening verbal working memory for dyselxia

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Verbal working memory is the ability to hold short amounts of information, kind of in your short term memory, to be used for other tasks. And it is often associated with dyslexia. So, If you think about it, it's important to keep the words that you are reading in your mind while you are reading, so that you can understand the full meaning of a sentence or of a paragraph. So working memory is really important because to understand what you're reading you have to be able to hold some amount of information in your memory while you are reading the rest of it. So very often people who have a hard time with working memory, have a hard time understanding or comprehending the materials that they're reading, and getting the bigger themes and bigger picture is of what the reading material is about. Because verbal working memory is an important process involved in reading and understanding what you're reading, it's important to identify and treat verbal working memory problems if the child has them. There are a number of programs now that will help to strengthen working memory, and one notable program that has received a lot of empirical support, research support is the Cogmed Working Memory Training Program.

Sandra K. Loo, PhD Pediatric Neuropsychologist, explains what verbal working memory is, and how strengthening it can help children with dyslexia

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Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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