Auditory Memory

Children with difficulties in this area may:

+ Be unable to retain more than a couple of items of information from a lesson presented orally
+ Have difficulty recalling information after a period of time, unless given specific visual support strategies
+ Need to over-learn knowledge concepts and skills
+ Have difficulty recalling information in the correct sequence
+ Have visual/spatial strengths (learn better from diagrams, DVDs, demonstrations and other visual materials).
+ Have a good visual memory (be able to visualise information and present it in the form of mind-maps, diagrams, charts, posters etc.
+ Have kinaesthetic strengths (learn better when actively involved in a lesson through movement and touch).

Activities to develop auditory memory skills:

Sequences Oral - Recall and share sequences of personal experiences and events. Recall and explain a sequence of activities.

Sequence Songs/Games - 10 green bottles, my grandmother went to market...(recall sequence of items bought). Adapt these to include any scenario (such as going to the zoo).

Memory - Recall repeating patterns of colours, shapes, numbers and so on, given orally. Pupils show patterns using different materials/objects.

Instructions - Recall and repeat task instructions containing one, tow, then three elements.

Alphabet - Recall alphabet sequences (dot to dot, puzzles, name game using pupils' names, find the word using simple word banks).

Sentences - Reorganise sentences in the correct sequence, using words and phrases that signal time as cues (first, after than, next, later, finally and so on).

Songs and Rhymes - Recite/sing action rhymes, songs to aid recall of key learning points.

Mind-Maps - Use mind-maps to aid recall of key information and act as a stimulus to rehearse and retain information.

Stories - Retell the main events of a story (can use puppets and scenery as cues). Recall and draw the main events in the story then share with others.

Flowcharts - Draw flowcharts to aid recall of main points relating to fiction/ non-fiction texts, instructions, directions and so on.

Listen and Draw - listen to descriptions and then draw from memory (can contain two or three elements at first, then progress to more later).

Messages - Recall verbal messages containing one or more elements - requiring a yes/no reply then requiring a simple sentence reply.