Causes Of Memory Problems In Children With Learning Disorders
Learning disorder is a neurological condition that affects the brain’s ability to send, receive, and process information. A child with a learning disorder may have difficulties in reading, writing, speaking, listening, understanding mathematical concepts, and general comprehension.
There are at least two types of memory challenges called “working memory” and “long-term memory”, which might probably lead to difficulties in learning.
Working Memory: Challenges with “working memory” can lead to difficulties in learning. This is mainly because the individual may have less space in working memory for organizing and integrating new skills or knowledge.
Long Term Memory: “long-term memory” may affect factors like
- What information is recalled?
- The time it takes an individual to recall information.
- Or one’s ability to remember things in the correct order or sequence.
As discussed above, challenges with working memory lead to difficulty in learning since the individual may have less space in working memory for organizing and integrating new skills or knowledge. Without a strong working memory, your child struggles to pay attention. They have difficulties organizing their time, planning activities, and taking steps to reach a goal. You may notice that they can’t follow instructions and they often don’t complete homework assignments or chores.
A child’s short-term memory loss is no different than an adult’s short-term memory loss. Numerous reasons lead to short-term memory loss in children. There are various conditions of short-term memory loss; some affect a child’s ability to memorize names, places, or remember an incident; some affect a child’s ability to articulate, and some affect a child’s ability to learn mathematics.
The main causes are:
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
- Medical and mental health disorders
- Childhood trauma
- Poor Working Memory
Noticing a memory problem in your child can be incredibly unnerving. You may wonder if their memory lapses are normal for their developmental stage or if a glitch in their memory signals a more serious problem.
If you’re concerned about your child’s memory, Book an appointment at Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital. We specialize in determining the cause of memory problems with occupational therapy followed by behavioural therapy.
Our expert team includes speech therapists, paediatricians, physiotherapists, and child psychologists who can help you and your child to overcome the challenges of their memory.